verb ver·i·fy \ˈver-ə-ˌfī\

: to prove, show, find out, or state that (something) is true or correct


Full Definition of VERIFY

transitive verb
:  to confirm or substantiate in law by oath
:  to establish the truth, accuracy, or reality of <verify the claim>
ver·i·fi·er \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of VERIFY

  1. She verified her flight number.
  2. He verified that the item was in stock.
  3. Can you verify whether I am scheduled to work or not?

Origin of VERIFY

Middle English verifien, from Anglo-French verifier, from Medieval Latin verificare, from Latin verus true
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of VERIFY

confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify, authenticate, validate mean to attest to the truth or validity of something. confirm implies the removing of doubts by an authoritative statement or indisputable fact <confirmed the reports>. corroborate suggests the strengthening of what is already partly established <witnesses corroborated his story>. substantiate implies the offering of evidence that sustains the contention <the claims have yet to be substantiated>. verify implies the establishing of correspondence of actual facts or details with those proposed or guessed at <all statements of fact in the article have been verified>. authenticate implies establishing genuineness by adducing legal or official documents or expert opinion <handwriting experts authenticated the diaries>. validate implies establishing validity by authoritative affirmation or by factual proof <validated the hypothesis by experiments>.

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VERIFY Defined for Kids


verb ver·i·fy \ˈver-ə-ˌfī\

Definition of VERIFY for Kids

:  to prove to be true or correct :  confirm
:  to check or test the accuracy of

Word Root of VERIFY

The Latin word vērus, meaning true, gives us the root ver. Words from the Latin vērus have something to do with the truth. To verify is to prove that something is true. A verdict is the judgment of truth that a jury reaches in a court. Very is another way of saying truly, as in very good.


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