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
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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The collaborative certifies police departments that go through of process of submitting their policies and documenting and submitting training activities. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Local chiefs: Our officers are not trained or allowed to kneel on necks," 29 May 2020 In addition to the Sands properties, Bureau Veritas will also certify Meliá Hotels International as well as develop a certification label for Accor hotels based on sanitary measures. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Las Vegas Sands Hotels — Including the Venetian and Marina Bay Sands — Will Be Certified As Safe by Independent Company," 28 May 2020 Borrowers must certify in good faith that their PPP loan request is necessary. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Taco Cabana parent giving back $15M in coronavirus relief loans," 29 Apr. 2020 Berger is board-certified in both infectious diseases and clinical microbiology and is a co-founder of GIDEON, the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network. Los Angeles Times, "Does cooking food kill coronavirus? An expert weighs in," 24 Apr. 2020 Crucially, the PowerLine II is also MFi certified, which means it has been vetted and approved by Apple as safe to use with iPhones and iPads. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Grab a pair of six-foot Anker USB-C to Lightning cables for $20," 23 Apr. 2020 This fish wasn’t certified by state fisheries officials, so it was not accepted for record status. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "14 of the Biggest Crappies of All TIme," 22 Apr. 2020 The formulas are ultra-concentrated, biodegradable, and Leaping Bunny certified. Sunset Magazine, "The Best Products to Buy to Celebrate Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 All of Kinn’s pieces are crafted in her studio in Los Angeles using 100% solid recycled gold and certified, conflict-free gemstones. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "All the Ways You Can Support Small Fashion and Beauty Businesses During the Coronavirus Crisis," 22 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certify. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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certify

verb
How to pronounce certify (audio)

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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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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