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ratify

v. to confirm and adopt the act of another even though it was not approved beforehand. Example: An employee for Holsinger's Hardware orders carpentry equipment from Phillips Screws and Nails although the employee was not authorized to buy anything. The president of Holsinger's ratifies the deal when Phillips delivers the order. A person under the legal age who makes a contract, may ratify the contract when he/she reaches majority (usually 18) or may refuse to honor it without obligation.

ratify

verb accept, accredit, acknowledge, affirm, agree to, approve, assent, assure, attest, authenticate, back, bear out, buttress, certify, circumstantiate, concur, confirm, consent, corroborate, countenance, countersign, endorse, establish, guarantee, indorse, insure, make valid, pass, sanction, seal, sign, subscribe, substantiate, support, sustain, uphold, validate, verify, warrant
Associated concepts: estoppel, express ratification, principal and agent
See also: accept, accredit, acknowledge, adduce, affirm, agree, approve, assent, attest, bear, bestow, certify, comply, concur, confirm, consent, corroborate, cosign, countenance, countersign, embrace, endorse, fix, indorse, pass, recommend, respond, sanction, seal, sign, subscribe, substantiate, support, sustain, uphold, validate
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Article 1 of the Decree ratifies the aforesaid convention as per the attached text.
The Kyoto Protocol will enter into force 90 days after Russia ratifies it as that would meet the condition of at least 55 nations representing 55 percent of industrialized countries' carbon dioxide emissions in 1990 having ratified it.
A country which ratifies must submit periodic reports, 'which are then analyzed by CEDAW "experts.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS UNION RATIFIES DEAL: Tour drivers and garage mechanics at Universal Studios Hollywood have ratified a new four-year contract with the biggest increases among the lower-tier employees.
The protocol goes into effect 90 days after the 16th nation ratifies it.