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 Barr’s hypocrisy also brushed past the inconvenient fact that Nevada’s secretary of state, who will ultimately certify the results of November’s election, is a Republican. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Bill Barr’s Titanic Lack of Self-Awareness," 17 Sep. 2020 Oregonians who were unemployed between July 26 and Sept. 5 can certify for the $300 weekly Lost Wages Assistance benefits through the Oregon Employment Department. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Dakota danger, not making a Peep, mask gender gap: News from around our 50 states," 15 Sep. 2020 New unemployment claimants and those receiving existing and extended benefits must certify for the additional $300 benefit online at www.filectui.com. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Connecticut extends extra $300 weekly unemployment benefit to six weeks for workers displaced by COVID-19," 14 Sep. 2020 Funds were disbursed with relatively little vetting, and businesses were allowed to self-certify their own eligibility. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, "Justice Department has charged 57 people with trying steal $175 million in coronavirus relief funds," 10 Sep. 2020 Then a convivial woman with short blond hair was introduced—Janet Mills, the governor of Maine—to certify the occasion with an official proclamation of Roger Angell Day. Mark Singe, The New Yorker, "Roger Angell at a Hundred," 7 Sep. 2020 Eventually, the board agreed to certify the results without the explicit mandate, while still requiring Benson to take some oversight action. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit, state to jointly oversee November election in city after outcry over Aug. primary," 2 Sep. 2020 Maryland sets its own deadline to certify election results on the second Friday after the election, which is Nov. 13 this year. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland vote counting for November election to begin Oct. 1 in anticipation of avalanche of mail-in ballots," 19 Aug. 2020 The new requirement that the unemployed certify that their job loss was due to the coronavirus will disqualify many, said Michele Evermore, a policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project. Leah Willingham, chicagotribune.com, "‘You get to feel so desperate’: Thousands of Americans not getting enough unemployment aid to qualify for extra $300," 3 Sep. 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 25 Sep. 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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