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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rat·i·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ratified p. pr. & vb. n. Ratifying ]  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.
    It is impossible for the divine power to set a seal to a lie by ratifying an imposture with such a miracle.   --South.