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ratify

verb

Definition: to formally approve an agreement

Synonyms: affirm, approve, authorize, certify, confirm, endorse, validate, sanction

Antonyms: refuse, negate, deny, invalidate

Tips: Ratify is derived from the Latin ratus, which means "valid." To ratify something means to validate it by formally accepting the agreement.

Usage Examples:

The union is expected to ratify the labor contract this afternoon. (approve, validate)

Lawmakers are probably not going to ratify the governor's plan. (validate, sanction, approve)

The agreement was ratified this morning and will take effect next month. (approved)

In order for a new amendment to be added to the Constitution, two-thirds of the states must ratify it. (approve, authorize, endorse)


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