notarize

verb
no·​ta·​rize | \ˈnō-tə-ˌrīz \
notarized; notarizing

Definition of notarize 

transitive verb

: to acknowledge or attest as a notary public

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Prosecutors say common deed theft works like this: A notary takes a payoff to certify a forged deed; once the deeds were notarized, an accomplice takes them to the city recorder’s office, and the property titles are transferred to that person. Mark Fazlollah, Philly.com, "Police officer probed in theft of homes," 2 Dec. 2012 The Millers then signed and notarized the loan documents and returned them to the banks, instructing the banks to wire the fraudulent loan proceeds to multiple bank accounts in the name of sham corporations the brothers established. Cyrus Moulton, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago brothers who ran fake airplane loan scheme sent to prison," 8 June 2018 In the complaint filed in Leon County court in Tallahassee, Eskamani claims Forges’s wife, Patricia Forges, signed and notarized his filing paperwork, including his candidate oath and his disclosure form. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Anna Eskamani sues primary opponent, calls his candidacy 'fake'," 6 July 2018 Grode’s second application—notarized by someone who’s been doing it for 18 years—was rejected on June 6. Sandra Guy, Chicago Reader, "Politics Illinois notaries are having a tough go—getting their licenses notarized," 4 July 2018 Terribile and VanDreumel filed court paperwork on Wednesday to notarize the Supreme Court refusal. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Man arrested in Wisconsin in 2004 overdose death of 5-year-old son," 15 June 2018 However, just days after the declaration was notarized, Lee released a video distancing himself from it and later fired the attorney who presided over it. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Stan Lee reportedly files restraining order for elder abuse against former business manager," 13 June 2018 Calley has criticized Schuette over those hires, paid for with taxpayer funds, as well as recent revelations that Schuette has used staff in his office to notarize and witness legal documents related to personal real estate transactions. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "How 1 lost election changed Michigan governor candidate Bill Schuette," 25 May 2018 Alcoholics Anonymous said Leach signed and notarized a letter in 1979 saying the manuscript would belong to the organization after his death. Washington Post, "Alcoholics Anonymous founding document sells for $2.4M," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of notarize

1922, in the meaning defined above

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notarize

verb

Financial Definition of notarize

What It Is

To notarize means to have a notary affix his or her seal and signature to a document and signifying that he or she witnessed the signing of the document.

How It Works

For example, when John and Jane Doe buy a house, they must sign the closing paperwork that makes them responsible for a large mortgage, title insurance and other responsibilities. The notary public comes to the closing appointment and watches John and Jane sign the documents. A notary, also called a notary public, is a person who is authorized to witness the signing of important documents. The notary then affixes his seal to the paperwork, proving that he witnessed the signing and that John and Jane Doe are who they say they are. In other words, the notary notarizes the documents.

Why It Matters

Notarizing documents gives them legal weight. Notarization is commonly involved in the creation of wills, trusts, deeds and powers of attorney. Each state sets forth its own requirements for becoming a notary, though most involve passing a test and having no serious criminal history. Some require the purchase of a surety bond.

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notarize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of notarize

law : to sign (a document) as a notary public

notarize

verb
no·​ta·​rize | \ˈnō-tə-ˌrīz \
notarized; notarizing

Kids Definition of notarize

: to sign as a notary public to show that a document is authentic

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notarize

transitive verb
no·​ta·​rize | \ˈnō-tə-ˌrīz \
notarized; notarizing

Legal Definition of notarize 

: to acknowledge or attest as notary public notarize a document

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