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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Dolomite Mountains, the local company behind the structured ski safari, takes care of complicated details, and employs UIAGM/IFMGA certified mountain guides to navigate the zig-zagging itinerary. Amy Tara Koch, Vogue, "The Slopes Less Taken: Going on a Ski Safari in the Dolomites," 7 Mar. 2019 What is clear is that Intel isn’t relinquishing its hold on Thunderbolt, or on certifying compatible devices. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The new USB4 spec promises a lot: Thunderbolt 3 support, 40Gbps bandwidth, and less confusion," 5 Mar. 2019 It was also certified as the largest freshwater pearl in the world. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Odyssey of the World’s Largest Freshwater Pearl," 12 June 2018 Don DeClerck, camp operations director for Seneca Waterways, registered New York State trail guide, certified Voyageur, and longtime Boy Scout troop leader Yes. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Camping: How To Get Outdoors When It's Freezing Cold," 14 Feb. 2019 For the two years the transactions took place, Elsim management regularly and fraudulently certified to Kollmorgen that no Elsim products or services were being sent to Iran, Treasury said. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Turkish Subsidiary Hid Iranian Activity from U.S. Parent, Treasury Says," 7 Feb. 2019 The July estimate is usually considered an accurate predictor of how much revenue local governments can expect after final tax rolls are certified each September. Gordon Dickson And Nicholas Sakelaris, star-telegram, "Priced out of their home? North Texans see tax bill rise $1,200 in five years," 6 July 2018 In 2011 the Transamerica Pyramid was certified LEED Platinum, the country’s highest rating for green buildings. National Geographic, "From Historic to Cutting Edge: Revitalizing Iconic Buildings," 25 May 2018 Under the current process, businesses must first ask the Labor Department to certify their need for workers and then need to document their attempts to hire Americans for the positions. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Labor Secretary Calls for Overhaul of Low-Skill Immigration System," 18 Jan. 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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