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 in a sentence
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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CERTIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of certify for Students
1 : to show to be true or as claimed by a formal or official statement <Only the teacher can certify test scores.>
2 : to guarantee the quality, fitness, or value of officially <certified milk> <certify a check>
3 : to show to have met certain requirements <His school needs to certify him for graduation.>
Medical Definition of certify
transitive verb: to attest authoritatively; especially : to attest officially to the mental illness of
2: to designate as having met the requirements to practice medicine or a particular medical specialty
intransitive verb: 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>
Legal Definition of certify
1 : to state authoritatively: as a : to give assurance of the validity of <certify corporate records> b : to present in formal communication (as an order) especially for review by an appellate court <the court may certify the question to the Supreme Judicial Court — R. T. Gerwatowski> — see also certification c : to state as being true or as reported or as meeting a standard <refused to certify the suit as a class action and dismissed it — Marcia Coyle>
Origin of certify
Medieval Latin certificare, from Late Latin, to assure, convince, from Latin certus certain + -ficare to make
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