Definition of validate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    validate

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈvælɪdeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvælɪdeɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they validate
    BrE BrE//ˈvælɪdeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvælɪdeɪt//
     
    he / she / it validates
    BrE BrE//ˈvælɪdeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvælɪdeɪts//
     
    past simple validated
    BrE BrE//ˈvælɪdeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvælɪdeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle validated
    BrE BrE//ˈvælɪdeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvælɪdeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form validating
    BrE BrE//ˈvælɪdeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvælɪdeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1validate something to prove that something is true to validate a theory The research findings do not validate the claims made by the manufacturer. opposite invalidate
  2. 2validate something to make something legally valid to validate a contract opposite invalidate
  3. 3validate something to state officially that something is useful and of an acceptable standard Check that their courses have been validated by a reputable organization.
  4. 4to recognize the value of a person or their feelings or opinions; to make somebody feel valued validate somebody/something Be sure to validate your child's feelings—don't minimize them. validate somebody/something as something She seemed to need his admiration to validate her as a person.
  5. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘make legally valid’): from medieval Latin validat- ‘made legally valid’, from the verb validare, from Latin validus ‘strong’, from valere ‘be strong’.
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