Simple Definition of certify
: to say officially that something is true, correct, or genuine
: to say officially that something or someone has met certain standards or requirements
: to say officially that someone is insane and in need of treatment
Full Definition of certify
1 : to attest authoritatively: as a : confirm b : to present in formal communication c : to attest as being true or as represented or as meeting a standard d : to attest officially to the insanity of
3 : to guarantee (a personal check) as to signature and amount by so indicating on the face
4 : to recognize as having met special qualifications (as of a governmental agency or professional board) within a field <agencies that certify teachers>
Examples of certify
A judge must certify the contract.
The document has been certified by the court.
The car dealer certifies each car before it is sold.
Has your doctor been certified?
Origin of certify
Middle English certifien, from Anglo-French certefier, from Late Latin certificare, from Latin certus certain — more at certain
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of certify
synonyms see in addition approve
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Medical Definition of certify
1: to attest authoritatively; especially : to attest officially to the insanity of
2: to designate as having met the requirements to practice medicine or a particular medical specialty
: to attest by a certificate <five year program leading to examination by the American Board which certifies in that specialty—Bulletin of Meharry Medical College>
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