What does the word ratify mean?

Usage examples for ratify

  1. The council will automatically ratify any decision I make." – Space Viking by Henry Beam Piper
  2. Of this there is a very strong example in the history of those very articles: for, though the Parliament omitted in the reign of King William to ratify the first and most general of them, they did actually confirm the second and more limited, that which related to the security of the inhabitants of those five counties which were in arms when the treaty was made. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  3. It only remains therefore, for Europe and England to recognise this new departure and to ratify it by admitting Germany to the League of Nations. – The New Germany by George Young