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

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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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After the flight, the record will have to be certified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Around the world in 48 hours? Former astronaut to attempt global speed record," 1 July 2019 That triggers a directive to the Hamilton County auditor to certify how much money would be generated annually by the levy, based on the valuation of the school district’s tax base in Anderson Township and Newtown. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Forest Hills' fiscal stewardship under fire in school levy push," 26 June 2019 Then Koch Foods said the shed had to be certified by a government inspector. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "How a Top Chicken Company Cut Off Black Farmers, One by One," 26 June 2019 The rocket took up 24 research satellites last night, while also gathering data to certify the craft for future national-security launches. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Weak Economic Signs Spark Mini-Boom: CEO Daily," 25 June 2019 The next big development is likely to come sometime next year when the judge rules, based on evidence to be uncovered in the coming months, whether to certify all or some of Burns and McPherson’s discrimination claims as a class action. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Update: Conservative applicants’ challenge to Google hiring practices clears one hurdle, faces others," 24 June 2019 The Falcon Heavy will be flying a mission for the Air Force known as STP-2 that’s ultimately meant to certify the vehicle as capable of launching future national security missions. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Why the third launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has the highest stakes yet," 24 June 2019 The Miami Herald reports Alanis already submitted his paperwork to Guinness to certify his achievement. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "A Marvel Fan Has Watched 3-Hour Avengers: Endgame More Than 110 Times to Break a World Record," 14 June 2019 But everyone will still have to wait on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify the flying machines. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Close Are We to Flying Taxis, Really?," 12 June 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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