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The President already signed the treaty, but it won’t take effect unless the Senate ratifies it.
  to approve — typically the formal approval of an agreement by an organization
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  • The President already signed the treaty, but it won’t take effect unless the Senate ratifies it.
  • It will require a union vote to ratify the labor contract.
  • If, however, the Emperor of Russia ratifies that convention, I will ratify it; but it is only a trick.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The 1929 Geneva Convention, which Japan had signed but never ratified, permitted detaining powers to use POWs for labor, with restrictions.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • 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
  • It had come to be accepted that the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide all questions of farm policy, though their decisions had to be ratified by a majority vote.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • I went through every major screening test on both my heads—all the tests I had to go through under Government medical officers before my nomination for presidency could be properly ratified.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • 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
  • Fritz looked gratefully towards me as I spoke; and his mother ratified my words, embracing him affectionately, and saying, with emotion, ’God bless and preserve thee, my boy!’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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
  • An oath that’s ratified,—a sealed promise,
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • PCI #1, is hereby ratified.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • ONCE IT HAD been formally established and its existence ratified by the wolves themselves, my little enclave in their territory remained inviolate.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Specifically, his diagnosis was that her trauma, located as it was in the pelvic region, had induced a minor but not to be ignored displacement of the sacral vertebra, with consequent pressure on either the fifth lumbar or the first sacral nerve, perhaps both of these; in any case, it was certainly enough to provoke the loss of appetite, the fatigue and the aches in her bones she had complained of, while the bleeding itself triumphantly ratified the other symptoms.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Peggotty was not slow to respond, and ratify the treaty of friendship by giving me one of her best hugs.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • What counterproposals were alternately advanced, accepted, modified, declined, restated in other terms, reaccepted, ratified, reconfirmed?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Then his poor muddled head nodded a while and presently drooped to his shoulder; and the business of the empire came to a standstill for want of that august factor, the ratifying power.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • In 2005 a new constitution was ratified.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Another was made for me there, and ratified eternally in the church at Melchester.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • This was ratified by the United States in the Salvage Act of 1912, 37 Stat.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • If I have too austerely punish’d you, Your compensation makes amends: for Have given you here a third of mine own life, Or that for which I live; who once again I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations Were but my trials of thy love, and thou Hast strangely stood the test: here, afore Heaven, I ratify this my rich gift.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • The sanctity of private correspondence has never been ratified by the East.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Yet she has promised—implied—that she will ratify an engagement to-night.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • What occurs under the public gaze with so much pomp and ceremony is often the conclusion, or mere ratification, of what has taken place over weeks or months within the walls of such houses.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Waxy came down to ratify the deeds—Lord Southdown gave away his sister—she was married by a Bishop, and not by the Rev. Bartholomew Irons—to the disappointment of the irregular prelate.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The diploma that certified her as a concert clavichordist was ratified by the virtuosity with which she executed popular melodies of the seventeenth century at the gathering organized to celebrate the completion of her studies and with which the period of mourning came to in end.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • This news amazed the lama, who did not then know how religiously Kim kept to the contract made with Mahbub Ali, and perforce ratified by Colonel Creighton….
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • The proposal was ratified, and in preparation for the Day of Protest, we closed ranks with the SAIC, the APO, and the Communist Party.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • In the daylight, indeed, she felt her terrors about his soul to have been somewhat exaggerated; whether well founded or not, she had no uneasiness now, reasoning that if Providence would not ratify such an act of approximation she, for one, did not value the kind of heaven lost by the irregularity—either for herself or for her child.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • This cunning Cardinal The articles o’ the combination drew As himself pleas’d; and they were ratified As he cried "Thus let be," to as much end As give a crutch to the dead.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • We ought not, therefore, to condemn the maid of the inn for her hyperbole, who, when she descended, after having lighted the fire, declared, and ratified it with an oath, that if ever there was an angel upon earth, she was now above-stairs.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Although illness in the family had prevented him from arriving in time to vote on ratification of President Jefferson’s treaty for the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, he promptly aroused a storm of controversy by becoming the only Federalist to support that precedent-shattering acquisition actively on the floor and to vote for an $11 million appropriation to effectuate it.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • It was ratified by a vote of 50,261 to 21,297.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • The Louisiana Purchase was ratified in 1803, and Louisiana became a state in 1812.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • I accept the finality of this outcome which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College.
    Al Gore  --  Al Gore Concession Speech
  • Here are only numbers ratified; but, for the elegancy, facility, and golden cadence of poesy, caret.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • It has not a little contributed to the infirmities of the existing federal system, that it never had a ratification by the PEOPLE.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Amendments must be proposed by two-thirds of both Houses of Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • With the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in December, the long period of agitation for the abolition of slavery came to an end.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Then, with a terrible sound, sufficient alone to ratify the passing of his life, the hooves came down upon his head and struck him like a crumbled icon to the ground.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • The treaty, signed in July 1785, had been ratified only that May of 1786, so late that unless it were signed within a matter of weeks, it would expire.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • As President Carter’s deputy secretary of state, he helped normalize relations with China, win ratification of the Panama Canal treaties, and gain release of the American hostages in Iran.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
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