verify

verb
ver·​i·​fy | \ ˈver-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce verify (audio) \
verified; verifying

Definition of verify

transitive verb

1 : to establish the truth, accuracy, or reality of verify the claim
2 : to confirm or substantiate in law by oath

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Other Words from verify

verifier \ ˈver-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce verifier (audio) \ noun

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confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify, authenticate, validate mean to attest to the truth or validity of something. confirm implies the removing of doubts by an authoritative statement or indisputable fact. confirmed the reports corroborate suggests the strengthening of what is already partly established. witnesses corroborated his story substantiate implies the offering of evidence that sustains the contention. the claims have yet to be substantiated verify implies the establishing of correspondence of actual facts or details with those proposed or guessed at. all statements of fact in the article have been verified authenticate implies establishing genuineness by adducing legal or official documents or expert opinion. handwriting experts authenticated the diaries validate implies establishing validity by authoritative affirmation or by factual proof. validated the hypothesis by experiments

Examples of verify in a Sentence

She verified her flight number. He verified that the item was in stock. Can you verify whether I am scheduled to work or not?
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The Alameda County Registrar of Voters took a sample size of those signatures to verify them. Angela Ruggiero, The Mercury News, "Voters of East Bay city to decide if sale of vape pens should be banned," 13 Sep. 2019 The news was announced on his verified Twitter account by members of the T. Boone Pickens Foundation. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Oil legend T. Boone Pickens has died at the age of 91," 11 Sep. 2019 Card verified that the video was created by and featured freshman football players. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Lakota West 'beyond disappointed' after social media video of freshman football players," 23 Aug. 2019 Those people have all largely verified his account. Dallas News, "Michael Quinn Sullivan's secret audio of Texas House speaker blurs line between journalism, activism," 22 Aug. 2019 Someone that told us that there were (4.5 inch hailstones), but there’s nothing there to verify it. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Did Colorado just see its largest hailstone on record?," 13 Aug. 2019 Jim Bintliff’s collection of lies is small and sharply curated, each one loose enough to be plausible and mundane enough to limit interest in verifying it. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "Mud Maker: The Man Behind MLB’s Essential Secret Sauce," 7 Aug. 2019 The signatures must be submitted by Aug. 8 to the office of the Alameda County registrar of voters, which has 30 days to verify them. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "First San Francisco, now Livermore: Juul fights e-cigarette bans," 17 July 2019 Libra, on the other hand, will have a centralized governing body, the Libra Association, overseeing transactions and verifying them. Kurt Wilberding, WSJ, "Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: How It Stacks Up to Bitcoin and PayPal," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of verify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for verify

Middle English verifien, borrowed from Anglo-French verifier, borrowed from Medieval Latin vērificāre, from Latin vērus "true" + -ficāre -fy — more at very entry 2

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The first known use of verify was in the 14th century

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verify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of verify

: to prove, show, find out, or state that (something) is true or correct

verify

verb
ver·​i·​fy | \ ˈver-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce verify (audio) \
verified; verifying

Kids Definition of verify

1 : to prove to be true or correct : confirm
2 : to check or test the accuracy of
ver·​i·​fy | \ ˈver-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce verify (audio) \
verified; verifying

Legal Definition of verify

1 : to confirm or substantiate by oath, affidavit, or deposition verify a motion
2 : to establish the truth, accuracy, or reality of

History and Etymology for verify

Anglo-French verifier, from Medieval Latin verificare, from Latin verus true + -ficare to make

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