Ratify Rat"i*fy (r[a^]t"[i^]*f[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ratified} (r[a^]t"[i^]*f[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ratifying} (r[a^]t"[i^]*f[imac]`[i^]ng).] [F. ratifier, fr. L. ratus fixed by calculation, firm, valid + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Rate}, n., and {-fy}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

It is impossible for the divine power to set a seal to a lie by ratifying an imposture with such a miracle. --South. [1913 Webster]

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