ratify, v. 1. sanction, accredit, authorize, warrant; approve, homologate, endorse, support, underwrite; sustain, back up, uphold, make good, justify, vindicate; countersign, sign, subscribe, recognize, acknowledge; agree, consent, accede, assent, concur, accord, acquiesce, comply.
2. confirm, corroborate, verify, authenticate, validate, substantiate; bear out, prove, establish, evidence, give credence to; attest, certify, bear witness to, testify, vouch for; affirm, aver, assure, pledge, promise, guarantee, ensure, secure, insure; bind, seal, settle, clinch, clench, secure, fix, make certain or sure.
rating1, n. classification, assignment, designation, relegation, consignment; grade, sort, class, rank, rate. See - rate1 (def. 3).
rating2, n. scolding, chiding, tongue-lashing, Inf. ragging, upbraiding, SI. chewing out, U.S. Inf. bawling out, Inf. dressing down, Inf. piece of one's mind; castigation, chastisement, berating, censure, reproach, rebuke, reproof, reprimand, lecture, admonishment.
ratio, n. proportion, proportional or fractional relationship, Math, fraction; relationship, comparative size or extent, relativity, correlation, correspondence, balance; percentage, percent, rate per hundred, rate.
ratiocinate, v. reason, use logic, use inductive or deductive thinking, think logically; deduce, infer, derive, draw a conclusion, syllogize; calculate, put two and two together, rationalize, Inf. figure, U.S. Dial. reckon, SI. dope out.
ratiocination, n. 1. logic, science of reasoning, reasoning, deductive or inductive thinking, syllogization, syllogistic reasoning; All Logic, inference, deduction, induction.
2. polemics, argumentation, debate, art of disputation or controversy.
ration, n. 1. allowance, allotment, portion, quota, part, provision; share, dole, meed, measure, modicum; proportion, percentage, budget; lot, Inf. take, dose, clutch, batch, amount, Inf. chunk, helping.
2. rations provisions, supplies, stock, board; provender, victuals, viands, comestibles, eatables, commons.
-v. 3. supply, distribute, deal out, divide, Inf. divvy up, split; apportion, mete, dole, allot, give out, measure out; allocate, assign, appoint; disperse, dispense, administer, issue, hand out, pass out.
4. restrict, circumscribe, reserve, mark off, set aside, set off, save, conserve; budget, allowance, schedule.
rational, adj. 1. reasonable, logical, practical, pragmatic, commonsense, commonsensical; sensible, good, right, fair; fit, proper, advisable, well-advised; well-argued, well-grounded, well-founded; plausible, credible, admissible.
2. intelligent, wise, judicious, sagagious, sage; enlightened, just, discriminating; discreet, prudent, circumspect; politic, perspicacious, far-sighted, astute, provident; perceptive, apperceptive, foresighted; understanding, thoughtful, reflective, philosophical.
3. lucid, clearheaded, right-minded, clearminded, cogent, balanced; responsible, sane, Latin, compos mentis, sober, sound, right; normal, wholesome, healthy-minded, SI. with it, SI. all there.
4. thinking, cognitive, mental, cerebral; reasoning, intelligent, knowing; ratiocinative, perceiving, percipient, analytic; ideational, conceptual, noetic, sophic, phrenic, noological.
rationale, n. theory, account, ground, pretense, pretext, excuse; hypothesis, thesis, exposition; reason, reason why, why and wherefore, explanation, explication, exegesis, interpretation; allegorization, illustration.