verb ver·i·fy \ ˈver-ə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 23 Jan 2018

Definition of verify

verified; verifying
transitive verb
1 : to establish the truth, accuracy, or reality of
  • verify the claim
2 : to confirm or substantiate in law by oath


play \ˈver-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of verify in a Sentence

  1. She verified her flight number.

  2. He verified that the item was in stock.

  3. Can you verify whether I am scheduled to work or not?

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Origin and Etymology of verify

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

Synonym Discussion of verify

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

VERIFY Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of verify for English Language Learners

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

VERIFY Defined for Kids


verb ver·i·fy \ ˈver-ə-ˌfī \

Definition of verify for Students

verified; verifying
1 : to prove to be true or correct : confirm
2 : to check or test the accuracy of

Word Root of verify

The Latin word vērus, meaning “true,” gives us the root ver. Words from the Latin vērus have something to do with the truth. To verify is to prove that something is true. A verdict is the judgment of truth that a jury reaches in a court. Very is another way of saying “truly,” as in “very good.”

Law Dictionary


transitive verb ver·i·fy \ ˈver-ə-ˌfī \

legal Definition of verify

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

Origin and Etymology of verify

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

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