To validate is to prove that something is based on truth or fact, or is acceptable. It can also mean to make something, like a contract, legal.

  • Pronunciation: / 'vælɪdet/
  • English description: prove valid; show or confirm the validity of something
  • Synonyms: confirm
  • Chinese Translation: 证实(zheng4 shi2)
  • Spanish Translation: validar
  • ORIGIN: You may need someone to validate your feelings, which means that you want to hear, “No, you’re not crazy. It’s acceptable to be angry about that.” Or you may need someone to validate your parking ticket — which means you have to prove that you bought something, so you can get parking for free. Whatever it is you are seeking to validate needs the added support or action from someone else to make it valid.


  • A myth is an explanatory narrative that serves to unify a society, justifying its past and validating its present.
  • If the link is validated, then control of Zika virus infections is confirmed as an appropriate approach to preventing these conditions.

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