• WordNet 3.6
    • v ratify approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation "All parties ratified the peace treaty","Have you signed your contract yet?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment: Prohibition.
    • v. t Ratify răt"ĭ*fī To approve and sanction; to make valid; to confirm; to establish; to settle; especially, to give sanction to, as something done by an agent or servant; as, to ratify an agreement, treaty, or contract; to ratify a nomination. "It is impossible for the divine power to set a seal to a lie by ratifying an imposture with such a miracle."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ratify To confirm; establish; settle conclusively or authoritatively; make certain or lasting.
    • ratify To validate by some formal act of approval; accept and sanction, as something done by an agent or a representative; confirm as a valid act or procedure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ratify rat′i-fī to approve and sanction: to settle
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  • William James
    “To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified.”
  • David Mamet
    “In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ratifier, fr. L. ratus, fixed by calculation, firm, valid + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Rate (n.), and -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ratifier—L. ratus, fixed by calculation—rēri, ratus, to think, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

The principle of self-government has been accepted, ratified, and extended in a hundred ways.
"Handbook of Home Rule (1887)" by W. E. Gladstone et al.
The twenty of us stood firm, and our revolution was ratified.
"The Road" by Jack London
It was ratified in the presence of God, and has been blessed by Him.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
The opposition of the Estates of Holland, without whose consent no treaty could be ratified, was likewise surmounted.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
How many States were needed to ratify the Constitution in order that it might go into effect?
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
If the question be of treaties signed, sealed, and ratified, the answer must be 'Yes'.
"The Unity of Civilization" by Various
And this verdict was soon ratified by his brave and faithful constituency at the polls.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
At the end of December, 1809, the great political divorce was ratified amid sombre signs of sympathy.
"The Tragedy of St. Helena" by Walter Runciman
This treaty, by which the emperor placed his neck beneath the feet of Oleg, was ratified by the most imposing ceremonies of religion.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The constitution was to go into effect if ratified by nine states.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
North Carolina did not ratify until 1789, and Rhode Island not until 1790.
"American Eloquence, Volume I. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
Impartial suffrage, both in electing the delegates and in ratifying their proceedings, is now the fixed rule.
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
The treaty has just been made, and is waiting to be ratified by the Congress of each country.
"The Great Round World And What Is Going On In It, April 22, 1897, Vol. 1, No. 24" by Various
This was not ratified by the Cape Government.
"Boer Politics" by Yves Guyot
One morning the announcement was made that a new constitution had been ratified.
"Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie" by Andrew Carnegie
A Constituent Assembly would have ratified these terms.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Now, brothers, bending o'er the accursed loom, Stamp we our vengeance deep, and ratify his doom.
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
The Consistory ratified the appointment.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
On his being presented they asked the King, according to their privilege, to confirm and ratify his appointment.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
There was no question of ratifying the opinion of Parisian critics: those Southerners formed and delivered an opinion of their own.
"The Christmas Kalends of Provence" by Thomas A. Janvier

In poetry:

Joseph and Sarah shall be brought;
They'll ratify the lesson taught;
Young people, who, in days of yore,
Labour'd for what they eat and wore.
"Happiness" by William Hutton
And though, perhaps, their tears are dried,
Yet they have deeply ratified
My wrongs and injuries;
For which I know there is in store,
Vengeance a hundred-fold or more,
Upon mine enemies.
"Lines, Addressed To H ———," by Samuel Bamford
My hand is stuffed with mode, design, device.
But I lack access to my proper stone
And plenitude of plan shall not suffice
Nor grief nor love shall be enough alone
To ratify my little halves who bear
Across an autumn freezing everywhere . . .
"What Shall I Give My Children" by Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks

In news:

The final state to ratify the 14th Amendment was Ohio -- in September 2003.
The SchooL Reform Commission on Monday unanimously approved a contract ratified by its blue-collar workers — a deal that avoids layoffs thanks to what chief recovery officer Thomas Knudsen called a "precedent-setting" arrangement.
MARQUETTE, MI – ( Great Lakes Radio News ) – Northern Michigan University's Board of Trustees approved a previously ratified contract for the Administrative/Professional union (UAW 2178).
MONACO (AP) — Usain Bolt 's 100 and 200 meter world records have been ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
IAAF ratifies Bolt 's sprint world records, hammer mark by Wlodarczyk.
0Board of trustees ratifies decision by a 4-3 vote.
Members of the United Steelworkers have accepted and ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with Esmark covering the company's newly acquired Ohio Cold Rolling Co.
Teamsters Ratify Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Not so, and eight Republicans who crossed over to ratify, know that.
The Ripley Central School District ratified a two-year contract with its teachers at a special meeting of the Board of Education Wednesday, Nov 28.
The failure of the US Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marks a new low.
Officials say salary increases will amount to $103 million in the first year of the three-year contract ratified this week by Chicago Teachers Union.
The Cleveland-based company said Friday that all local union memberships representing workers in Minnesota and Michigan ratified the new three-year contract.
Indiana's Dick Lugar -- who lost his primary campaign toward re-election this year -- voted to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities .
Wisconsin's two US senators were on opposing sides, when their colleagues failed to ratify a United Nations treaty to protect the rights of those with disabilities .