From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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ratifyrat‧i‧fy /ˈrætɪfaɪ/ verb (ratified, ratifying, ratifies) [transitive] PGSCLto make a written agreement official by signing itratify a treaty/an agreement/a decision etc We hope that the republics will be willing to ratify the treaty.see thesaurus at approveratification /ˌrætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun [uncountable] an attempt to delay ratification of the treaty
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ratifyBut the administration faces two high hurdles in efforts to get the treaty ratified.A 1961 treaty ratified by 125 nations outlawed the production of cocaine.Massachusetts ratified by 187 against 168.The decision still has to be ratified by the Finance and Management Services Committee.The US Senate refused to ratify the agreement on weapons reduction.We ratified the treaty in 1951 but under our constitution this gives no right of action in our domestic courts.Congress failed to ratify the treaty until two years later.Because his ennoblement could not be ratified until the Dragon Throne was formally occupied, Alexei was not permitted to vote.Kharin's three-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea is expected to be ratified within the next week, when he receives a work permit.
From King Business Dictionaryratifyrat‧i‧fy /ˈrætɪfaɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle ratified, present participle ratifying) [transitive] to make a written agreement official by signing itThe government delayed ratifying the treaty.→ See Verb tableOrigin ratify (1300-1400) French ratifier, from Medieval Latin ratificare, from Latin ratus; RATE1