certify

verb
cer·​ti·​fy | \ ˈsər-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce certify (audio) \
certified; certifying

Definition of certify

transitive verb

1 : to attest authoritatively: such 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
2 : to inform with certainty : assure
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

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Other Words from certify

certifier \ ˈsər-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce certifier (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for certify

certify, attest, witness, vouch mean to testify to the truth or genuineness of something. certify usually applies to a written statement, especially one carrying a signature or seal. certified that the candidate had met all requirements attest applies to oral or written testimony usually from experts or witnesses. attested to the authenticity of the document witness applies to the subscribing of one's own name to a document as evidence of its genuineness. witnessed the signing of the will vouch applies to one who testifies as a competent authority or a reliable person. willing to vouch for her integrity

synonyms see in addition approve

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?
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No efforts were made to contain the asbestos; no warnings were posted; and the workers were not wearing respirators and not all were certified to handle this kind of asbestos, the records stated. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Contractor who mishandled asbestos in Alexandria project fined $15,000," 10 Aug. 2019 Per a league source, Brown’s preferred helmet - a Schutt Air Advantage - cannot be worn because it is not certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown files grievance over helmet rule, reportedly says he’ll sit out," 9 Aug. 2019 In the meantime, gun dealers that have applied under the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act are allowed to continue operating as if they’ve been certified. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois gun dealers now have to be certified by the state. But the state isn’t ready to issue the certifications.," 8 Aug. 2019 The rubber latex is tapped from trees that are Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Los Angeles Times, "A plant-based running shoe? Outdoor gear that’s kind to the planet," 8 Aug. 2019 Mammoth is certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest water coaster at 1,763 feet, while Wildebeest has taken the top waterpark ride nine years running. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Holiday World's new ride 'Cheetah Chase' to be world's first launched water coaster," 6 Aug. 2019 And standard American labels like Wise potato chips have had their foods certified by rabbis as kosher. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "‘Man, Oh Manischewitz’: Kosher Food Merger Opens New Chapter for Famous Name," 2 Aug. 2019 If the petition is certified, the organizers then must complete another round of signature-gathering with a higher threshold: 71,252 signatures, or 25% of the number of voters in the last general election. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Voters across Alaska sign on to recall Gov. Dunleavy," 2 Aug. 2019 After four years of work that included adding a collision bulkhead, rewiring, making the hatches larger and other improvements, the Elsie J was certified to carry 17 passengers. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 1945 fishing tug gets a new life as a tour boat in Michigan," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of certify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for certify

Middle English certifien, from Anglo-French certefier, from Late Latin certificare, from Latin certus certain — more at certain

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certify

verb

English Language Learners 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
chiefly British : to say officially that someone is insane and in need of treatment

certify

verb
cer·​ti·​fy | \ ˈsər-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce certify (audio) \
certified; certifying

Kids Definition of certify

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.

certify

verb
cer·​ti·​fy | \ ˈsərt-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce certify (audio) \
certified; certifying

Medical Definition of certify

transitive verb

1 : 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 specialtyBulletin of Meharry Medical College

Other Words from certify

certifiable \ ˈsər-​tə-​ˌfī-​ə-​bəl, ˌsər-​tə-​ˈfī-​ \ adjective
certifiably \ -​blē How to pronounce certifiably (audio) \ adverb

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certify

transitive verb
cer·​ti·​fy | \ ˈsər-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce certify (audio) \
certified; certifying

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
2 : to guarantee (a personal check) as to signature and amount by so indicating (as by stamping certified) on the face — see also certified check at check
b : to designate (a labor union) as an exclusive bargaining agent or representative

History and Etymology for certify

Medieval Latin certificare, from Late Latin, to assure, convince, from Latin certus certain + -ficare to make

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