no·​ta·​rize | \ ˈnō-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce notarize (audio) \
notarized; notarizing

Definition of notarize

transitive verb

: to acknowledge or attest as a notary public

Examples of notarize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last Tuesday, a federal court in Virginia rejected arguments by the state Republican Party and PILF that removing a requirement that absentee ballots be notarized would increase fraud. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "Ignoring Trump and Right-Wing Think Tanks, Red States Expand Vote by Mail," 12 May 2020 The most recent bill signed by Stitt still requires all absentee ballots to be notarized and witnessed by two other people. Fox News, "Oklahoma Gov. Stitt signs bill reinstating absentee voting be notarized, except during coronavirus pandemic," 9 May 2020 While Arizona doesn’t require that wills be notarized, doing so speeds up and cuts the cost of the legal process that starts when the will-maker dies. Natalie Walters And Nino Abdaladze, azcentral, "Facing a new reality, more people race to finish wills, powers of attorney," 15 Apr. 2020 In another strange twist, officers found a letter signed by Paul and notarized on December 2, 2008, stating that Jeanne was not the one responsible for his death. Ashley Boucher,, "Utah Man Found Dead in a Freezer After a Decade Had Written a Letter Saying Wife Didn't Kill Him," 19 Dec. 2019 The application must be fully completed and notarized before being sent to the ADCNR. Frank Sargeant, al, "What to know about fishing records in Alabama," 28 Nov. 2019 But users need to answer the sites' questions carefully and get the resulting documents notarized, or the paperwork won't be valid., "How to quit stalling and write your will," 4 Oct. 2019 Claim forms must be signed by the owner and notarized. Megan Becka, cleveland, "Summit County Fiscal Office seeks owners of $3.4 million in unclaimed funds," 1 Oct. 2019 But users need to answer the sites’ questions carefully and get the resulting documents notarized, or the paperwork won’t be valid. Washington Post, "Liz Weston: How to quit stalling and write your will," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of notarize

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Notarize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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English Language Learners Definition of notarize

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


no·​ta·​rize | \ ˈnō-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce notarize (audio) \
notarized; notarizing

Kids Definition of notarize

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

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no·​ta·​rize | \ ˈnō-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce notarize (audio) \
notarized; notarizing

Legal Definition of notarize

: to acknowledge or attest as notary public notarize a document

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