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Definition to approve — typically the formal approval of an agreement by an organization
  • The President already signed the treaty, but it won't take effect unless the Senate ratifies it.
ratifies = approves
  • It will require a union vote to ratify the labor contract.
  • ratify = approve
  • I require an order which would ratify beforehand all that I should think proper to do for the greatest good of France.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • ratify = formally approve
  • The 1929 Geneva Convention, which Japan had signed but never ratified, permitted detaining powers to use POWs for labor, with restrictions.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • ratified = formally approved (as if the U.S. president signed a treaty that was not approved by Congress)
  • An oath that's ratified,—a sealed promise,
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • ratified = formally approved
  • If, however, the Emperor of Russia ratifies that convention, I will ratify it; but it is only a trick.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ratifies = formally approves
  • We may declare the succession overseas—even crown the man if necessary—but his presence will be required on English soil within the time period for full ratification.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • ratification = formal approval
  • Matters being thus amicably and satisfactorily arranged, the contract was solemnly ratified in another teacupful of the peppermint mixture; which was rendered the more necessary, by the flutter and agitation of the lady's spirits.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ratified = approved (accepted)
  • I overheard no further distinguishable talk, but, on looking round again, I perceived two such radiant countenances bent over the page of the accepted book, that I did not doubt the treaty had been ratified on both sides; and the enemies were, thenceforth, sworn allies.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • ratified = formally approved (accepted)
  • Commend the murderous chalices! Bestow them, ye who are now made parties to this indissoluble league. Ha!  Starbuck! but the deed is done!  Yon ratifying sun now waits to sit upon it.  Drink, ye harpooneers! drink and swear, ye men that man the deathful whaleboat's bow—Death to Moby Dick!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ratifying = approving
  • Like one of two contending in a prize,
    That thinks he hath done well in people's eyes,
    Hearing applause and universal shout,
    Giddy in spirit, still gazing in a doubt
    Whether those peals of praise be his or no;
    So, thrice-fair lady, stand I, even so,
    As doubtful whether what I see be true,
    Until confirm'd, sign'd, ratified by you.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • ratified = approved
  • ... thither Macduff
    Is gone to pray the holy king, upon his aid
    To wake Northumberland, and warlike Siward:
    That, by the help of these,—with Him above
    To ratify the work,—we may again
    Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights;
    Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives;
    Do faithful homage, and receive free honours,
    All which we pine for now: ...
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • ratify = approve
  • They've flatly refused to ratify the amendment," said Grandpa Merriwether and there was pride in his voice.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It was submitted to the legislature and they refused to ratify it.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • There had been a Thirteenth Amendment ratified sometime before or maybe it had been the Sixteenth Amendment but what ratification meant she had no idea.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • There had been a Thirteenth Amendment ratified sometime before or maybe it had been the Sixteenth Amendment but what ratification meant she had no idea.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • If, however, the Emperor of Russia ratifies that convention, I will ratify it; but it is only a trick.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That is because they are in the ratified version.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • "And for full ratification, you understand, you must stand on the soil in England, but in these unusual circumstances," Mr. Black went on, "and uncertain times, and so on and so forth, we thought it might save any argument—if we were delayed, for example—if the crown was firmly on your head."
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • Had you followed Captain Ahab down into his cabin after the squall that took place on the night succeeding that wild ratification of his purpose with his crew, you would have seen him go to a locker in the transom, and bringing out a large wrinkled roll of yellowish sea charts, spread them before him on his screwed-down table.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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