Definition of ratify in US English:


verbratifies, ratified, ratifying

[with object]
  • Sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid.

    • ‘The emergency powers were subsequently ratified in parliament by a substantial majority.’
    • ‘But the vote will have to be ratified at an extraordinary meeting of the full council today.’
    • ‘The deed was signed on 12 May 2001, and subsequently ratified by a significant majority of the people.’
    • ‘The new district plan is due to be ratified by the district council on April 21.’
    • ‘He warned their entry to the EU depended on member states ratifying the accession treaties.’
    • ‘Parliament unanimously ratified an agreement on Wednesday allowing this.’
    • ‘The establishment of this air police force has been ratified by the State Council.’
    • ‘The Canadian government hasn't ratified this agreement yet.’
    • ‘All three are expected to be ratified unanimously at the party convention on the 16th November.’
    • ‘After a contract was ratified in February 2003, she continued her work with non-tenure-track faculty members.’
    • ‘Where was the consortium of great powers which had once established, or at least formally ratified disputed frontiers?’
    • ‘The Treaty was ratified by both countries in 1988.’
    • ‘The convention, on March 11, 1861, unanimously ratified a permanent constitution.’
    • ‘Judges are nominated by the president and ratified by the Senate.’
    • ‘The Federal Government will not ratify the protocol until the economic impact of doing so is fully assessed.’
    • ‘The new contract was ratified by a majority of only 56 percent.’
    • ‘The United States is a signatory to that agreement but has not yet ratified the convention.’
    • ‘Amendments to the Articles had to be ratified by the legislature of every state.’
    • ‘Ironically, the peace that Wilson worked so hard to shape was never ratified by the U.S. Senate.’
    • ‘Doctors finally ratified a contract in 2002 that gave them an average wage increase of $50,000 each.’
    • ‘Seven countries have already ratified the constitution with two more countries well on track.’
    confirm, approve, sanction, endorse, agree to, accept, consent to, assent to, affirm, uphold, corroborate, authorize, formalize, certify, validate, recognize
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Late Middle English: from Old French ratifier, from medieval Latin ratificare, from Latin ratus ‘fixed’ (see rate).