[raht-skel-er, rat-, rath-] /ˈrɑtˌskɛl ər, ˈræt-, ˈræθ-/
(in Germany) the cellar of a town hall, often used as a beer hall or restaurant.
a restaurant patterned on the German rathskeller, usually located below street level.
1900, from German ratskeller, earlier rathskeller, “a cellar in a German town hall in which beer is sold,” from rat “council” (see rede (n.)) + keller “cellar” (see cellar (n.)). The German -h- inserted to avoid association with the word for “rat.”
[rat-uh-sahyd] /ˈræt əˌsaɪd/ noun 1. a substance or preparation for killing . noun the killing of a rat or rats; an agent that kills rats
adjective pertaining to something which can be confirmed, as a legal matter, etc. Examples A ratifiable agreement is not in the cards. Word Origin 1917
[rat-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act of ; confirmation; sanction. 2. the state of being . n. mid-15c., from Middle French ratification (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin ratificationem (nominative ratificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of ratificare (see ratify). The approval from the legislative branch required to validate […]
[rat-uh-fahy] /ˈræt əˌfaɪ/ verb (used with object), ratified, ratifying. 1. to confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction: to ratify a constitutional amendment. 2. to confirm (something done or arranged by an agent or by representatives) by such action. /ˈrætɪˌfaɪ/ verb -fies, -fying, -fied 1. (transitive) to give formal approval or consent to v. […]