Definition of validate in English:



  • 1 Check or prove the validity or accuracy of (something)

    ‘these estimates have been validated by periodic surveys’
    • ‘Additionally, the statistical significance of these methods has not been rigorously validated using independent, biologically identical samples.’
    • ‘Periodic remeasures can validate the effectiveness of the intervention plan.’
    • ‘No particular behavioral technique has been validated or proven to be superior than others in the substance user.’
    • ‘It is therefore important that researchers both describe their methodology accurately and validate it using independent data.’
    • ‘Our outcome research will not only validate what we intuitively know but will surface areas of needed improvement.’
    • ‘The response level was high for a voluntary question, and validates the accuracy of the resulting analyses.’
    • ‘Also important was whether the instruments used for temperature measurement were tested for accuracy to validate the data.’
    • ‘Those parts can be used to validate the accuracy of other test results and to explain any abnormal or unexpected results.’
    • ‘The cures cited in this book have not been scientifically validated nor is their use recommended.’
    • ‘The final grades have all been checked, corrected and validated.’
    • ‘This threshold, however, is still arbitrary and has never been evaluated, let alone validated by appropriate methods.’
    • ‘The survey was validated by social scientists and taken seriously because of its rigour.’
    • ‘The stability of DNA when held in a suspension is another important factor in validating the method.’
    • ‘Successful completion of calibration verification surveys validates the analytical measurement range.’
    • ‘The results also validate previously reported randomised controlled trial data.’
    • ‘We could not validate the accuracy of the information recorded in the practice notes in this study.’
    • ‘And, of course, many parts of this new technology still need to be validated in the clinical setting.’
    • ‘And many of these machines aren't routinely checked for accuracy and haven't been validated.’
    • ‘More work is required to validate available methods for estimating field density and moisture conditions for various material types, construction standards and drainage conditions.’
    • ‘The best method for validating a classification tool would be to randomly allocate prisoners with equivalent levels of assessed risk to different levels of placement security.’
    1. 1.1Demonstrate or support the truth or value of.
      ‘in a healthy family a child's feelings are validated’
      • ‘Creating life is one way to validate your existence.’
      • ‘The results also continue to validate the value of the program.’
      • ‘I don't need your approval to validate my existence.’
      • ‘Family members are helped to understand and validate the values and perspectives of other members.’
      • ‘Time and again he invoked his own experience as authority for his doctrines, and suggested that teachings not validated by personal experience were of little value.’
      • ‘Museums help validate the value, importance and legitimacy of these objects, as do critics and hangers on.’
      • ‘I am also interested in making work that documents our stories and celebrates and validates our existence to ourselves and our communities.’
      • ‘On the one hand, the story validates feminism by proving that some women can be as good as men.’
      • ‘Teens in general want to validate themselves and prove themselves.’
      • ‘Its studies have validated the ecological value of traditional farming and been instrumental in fighting destructive development projects in India.’
      • ‘The therapist must also respect and validate the knowledge and expertise of each individual, as these are likely to be different from each other.’
      • ‘Stay-at-home Pops like me enthusiastically welcome this affirmation; it validates the decision to let our salaried lives fall by the wayside in favor of raising our kids.’
      • ‘These artists need a national institution to support and validate them and to facilitate contact with the global arena.’
      • ‘What we have in common is a commitment to mutual respect, to validating our individual experiences and to bringing the principles of women's liberation to mental health policy.’
      • ‘"It's gone a long way towards validating my whole existence, " he says.’
      • ‘In some respects that validates the decision by mainstream news organizations not to display these pictures or make them available.’
      • ‘It's most valuable to me for validating my existence to my family.’
      • ‘In making an appeal to others to join me in my pursuit of justice I validate myself and my values.’
      • ‘Although rap has tied them to a heritage that validates their existence, it has yet to improve their economic reality.’
      • ‘It gives viewers a genuine view of Somali women and at the same time validates their existence in a time when their stories are smothered with silence.’
      prove, give proof of, show to be true, give substance to
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    2. 1.2Make or declare legally valid.
      • ‘This new certification body for further education and training in Ireland is now validating courses in all FAS centres.’
      • ‘A higher education institute provides courses that are validated by the Higher Education Training and Awards Council.’
      • ‘The college is one of about 16 institutions across China offering courses validated by the Glasgow-based exam body.’
      • ‘Today's informed consumers are demanding that the competence of licensed professionals be validated throughout their career.’
      • ‘The institute has strong links with several Czech colleges and supports them in developing and validating courses.’
      • ‘Spearheading the training courses, validated by the Qualification Curriculum Authority, is Douglas Morgan.’
      • ‘Courses are validated under a national Recognition Scheme run by the Quality Assurance Agency.’
      • ‘From now on all courses are validated by the independent agency-The National Qualifications Authority.’
      • ‘Together with her colleagues, she created a degree course in movement studies validated by London University.’
      • ‘To be eligible for the assistance, the projects had to be validated and certified by authorized bodies.’
      • ‘At least half of the country's population voted, thereby validating the result.’
      • ‘After drafting and validating the declaration, he became a member of the secret congress committee which masterminded the defeat of the British then helped draft the peace treaty.’
      • ‘Certification could help these professionals validate their professional credentials gained through experience and training.’
      • ‘All of the Institute's programmes are designed to meet the highest standards and all full-time courses are validated.’
      • ‘The plans, which were drawn up by John F. Santry Architects of Waterford, were validated by council officials last week.’
      • ‘It should be made mandatory that all authorities should get their project plan vetted by at least two or three civic bodies that will validate the plan and programme.’
      • ‘This course is validated by Limpert's Academy, who are the leading body in the world of Interior Design.’
      • ‘The ballot slips had to be signed to validate the vote but fears were raised in the run up to the election that voters did not understand instructions on the papers.’
      • ‘Read the institutions' prospectuses carefully and note if a course is accredited or validated by a respected professional body.’
      • ‘Now that their new postgraduate archaeology course has been validated, Orkney College would like to hear from students interested in studying archaeology in Orkney.’
      ratify, endorse, confirm, approve, agree to, accept, consent to, assent to, affirm, authorize, make valid, sanction, formalize, recognize, legalize, legitimize, warrant, license, certify
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    3. 1.3Recognize or affirm the validity or worth of (a person or their feelings or opinions); cause (a person) to feel valued or worthwhile.
      ‘without Patti to validate my feelings, they seemed not to exist’
      ‘he seems to need other women's attention to validate him as a man’
      • ‘They commiserate and validate each others' feelings and become confidantes.’
      • ‘She's gorgeous, she's talented, she has beautiful children, but she needs a man to feel validated.’
      • ‘It is essential to validate the youngster's needs instead of just disregarding him or her.’
      • ‘People only want what validates their own sense of self.’
      • ‘They hope the project will connect more women like them, validate their feelings and reveal an important chapter in Iowa history.’
      • ‘He needs you to prevent or stop his aggressive attacks, but he also needs you near him to validate the emotions that he's experiencing.’
      • ‘Writing was a way of validating myself and of being with myself.’
      • ‘In these situations I've always tried to validate the person's feelings while still pointing out that they aren't necessarily accurate.’
      • ‘You are slightly insecure, and need to be constantly validated and praised by your lover in order to feel good about the relationship.’
      • ‘Acknowledging and validating these feelings can be reassuring for the young fathers.’
      • ‘Be sure to validate your child's feelings - don't minimize them.’
      • ‘So, this was just validating the bad feeling I carried with me for years.’
      • ‘But validating that person's feelings with an "I understand why you feel ..." is a quick way to defuse the situation.’
      • ‘Gossip helps validate feelings.’
      • ‘Everything is good - I don't need Robbie to validate my life.’
      • ‘By taking these topics seriously we are validating the opinions of extremely stupid people.’
      • ‘By offering an alternative that is safer yet still allows the child to express her feelings you're validating her emotions even as you set a clear boundary for her behaviour.’
      • ‘It's as if he feels the need to validate himself as a "serious" artist, but has mistaken a certain affected intimacy of approach for thoughtfulness and dramatic substance.’
      • ‘What the child is communicating are feelings of anger, frustration, and disappointment - all feelings that need to be acknowledged and validated.’
      • ‘But, as my friend says, I don't need a man to validate me.’
      • ‘The Internet is a uniquely helpful venue in which to validate feelings of anger, fear, and uncertainty.’


Mid 17th century (in the sense make legally valid): from medieval Latin validat- made legally valid from the verb validare, from Latin validus (see valid).