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 certify (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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Recent Examples on the Web Congress was set to convene in a joint session on Jan. 6 to certify now-President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, a routine step in the process of installing the nation's chief executive that usually elicits little public attention. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Jan. 6 fallout fails to derail House GOP bid to win back Congress in 2022," 8 Apr. 2021 A week later, Raskin — who had come to the Capitol the day after burying his son to certify the victory of President Biden — found his own life in danger as a pro-Trump mob overran the seat of American government. Washington Post, "‘Hard to be a human’: Rep. Jamie Raskin and family grieve for son at socially distanced memorial," 3 Apr. 2021 Attorney General Merrick Garland has also described it as a top priority as his Justice Department works to prosecute hundreds of people who made their way into the Capitol as Congress was gathering on Jan. 6 to certify Joe Biden's election victory. Eric Tucker, ajc, "Officials: Violent extremists pose 'elevated threat' to US," 18 Mar. 2021 The riot and breach of the Capitol building, which came as Congress was set to certify President Joe Biden's victory over Trump in November's election, left five people dead and hundreds of police officers and participants injured. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "FBI arrests man in Louisville and charges him in connection with deadly U.S. Capitol riot," 18 Mar. 2021 The platform served as a hub for people alleged to have organized, participated in or celebrated the attack, which occurred as lawmakers were meeting to certify President Biden’s electoral victory. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Parler Files New Lawsuit Against Amazon, Alleging Anticompetitive Conduct," 3 Mar. 2021 Stager was among the supporters of former president Donald Trump who rioted at the Capitol Jan. 6 as lawmakers assembled to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Trump. Andrew Demillo, Star Tribune, "Man accused of beating officer with flagpole ordered held," 22 Jan. 2021 Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act and to certify her Electoral College victory and reject Republican objections to two states’ results. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Kamala Harris to resign Senate seat Monday ahead of inauguration," 17 Jan. 2021 Congress seems certain to reject all those challenges on Wednesday and formally certify Biden’s victory. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump officials resign after Capitol mayhem," 7 Jan. 2021

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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 May. 2021.

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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 certify (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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