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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Recent Examples on the Web Note: Before heading out to an event, call or visit the event website listed to verify information. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Top events for kids this weekend: Aviation Expo, Paw Patrol and more," 3 Dec. 2019 Note: Before heading out to an event, call or visit the event website listed to verify information. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Top events for kids this weekend: Aviation Expo, Paw Patrol and more," 3 Dec. 2019 His job involved being the initial reviewer for permits on development and construction projects, verifying whether applications were complete and guiding people through the application process. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "D.C. regulatory agency staffer pleads guilty to dealing fentanyl," 6 Dec. 2019 Note: Before heading out to an event, call or visit the event website listed to verify information. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Top events for kids this weekend: Aviation Expo, Paw Patrol and more," 3 Dec. 2019 The shutdown in late June inconvenienced users and businesses, stoked dissatisfaction with prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s reformist administration, and disrupted the ability of journalists to verify information. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The miscalculations African governments keep making with social media and internet blocks," 3 Oct. 2019 In addition to verifying information at its creation, organizations need to secure it where it’s stored and accessed. Fortune, "To Protect Against Cyber Attacks, Companies Need to Address Data Manipulation. Here’s How," 23 Sep. 2019 Note: Before heading out to an event, call or visit the event website listed to verify information. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Best bets for families: Brunch with Santa, kid’s beach night, Harry Potter(y) and more," 19 Nov. 2019 Officers worked with the agency's trade experts, the CBP's Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise, along with league and team trademark holders in order to verify that the rings were fake, CBP said. Fox News, "CBP seizes 11 counterfeit Super Bowl, World Series rings," 16 Nov. 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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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Verify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verifier?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=v&file=verifi04. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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verify

verb
How to pronounce verify (audio)

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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