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ratify
used in Moby Dick

2 uses
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Definition
to approve — typically the formal approval of an agreement by an organization
  • 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!
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (99% in)
ratifying = approving
  • 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.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (6% in)

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