Simple Definition of verify
: to prove, show, find out, or state that (something) is true or correct
Full Definition of verify
1 : to confirm or substantiate in law by oath
2 : to establish the truth, accuracy, or reality of <verify the claim>
Examples of verify in a sentence
She verified her flight number.
He verified that the item was in stock.
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
Rhymes with verify
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VERIFY Defined for Kids
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.”
Legal Definition of verify
1 : to confirm or substantiate by oath, affidavit, or deposition <verify a motion>
2 : to establish the truth, accuracy, or reality of
Origin of verify
Anglo-French verifier, from Medieval Latin verificare, from Latin verus true + -ficare to make
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