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 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 Spokesman Jon Siqveland said the county’s job is to check that filing forms are properly completed and notarized. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "St. Paul school board candidate ineligible due to felony drug charges, records show," 6 Sep. 2019 In a brief telephone interview, Ms. Coleman acknowledged notarizing the will. Steve Friess, New York Times, "A Year Later, the Fight Over Aretha Franklin’s Estate Deepens," 21 Aug. 2019 Lopez said she has never been asked to notarize an invoice or provide subcontractors’ information in her three decades of canvassing. Dylan Mcguinness,, "San Antonio Councilwoman Andrews-Sullivan denies wrongdoing amid questions about her campaign and office," 6 Aug. 2019 Documents which could have been notarized at the nearby consulate for $50 that now require a Russian-speaking lawyer who charges $250. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "More than a year after the Seattle consulate closed, Russians and Russian Americans ‘feel like we are left on our own’," 1 Sep. 2019 He’d been organized enough to get his will and trust signed and notarized in his late 60s, but those documents only told part of the story. Bj Miller, Time, "Why You Need to Make a 'When I Die' File—Before It's Too Late," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of notarize

1922, in the meaning defined above

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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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