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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Variety report could not immediately be verified by CNN Business. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "WarnerMedia and Apple are reportedly in a bidding war for J.J. Abrams. Here's why," 6 June 2019 Am incredibly honored to be officially verified on Instagram! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Is Bindi Irwin Engaged to Boyfriend Chandler Powell? All About Their Sweet Relationship," 27 May 2019 Teen Vogue could not independently verify her story. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Parody Fan Account Creator Says She Submitted Tweets From Inside an Israeli Military Prison," 3 Apr. 2019 On Wednesday, both sides verified those steps as soldiers from North and South Korea offered cigarettes to one another, according to South Korea’s presidential Blue House. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un’s Seoul Trip on Ice as Korean Detente Cools," 12 Dec. 2018 Counties are required to verify their results by 5 pm on November 13. Kay Steiger, Vox, "The Arizona, Florida, and Georgia election recounts, explained," 9 Nov. 2018 Endless Summer will follow Summer Mckeen and Dylan Jordan, who are both 19, verified on Instagram, and come with a combined following of over 1.7 million people — and that's just on Instagram. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Step Aside, Bachelors: Snapchat Is Taking A Stab At Reality Shows," 19 June 2018 The Washington Post could not independently verify that Martin wrote the Snapchat messages. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "After killing black Leesville man in crash, white 18-year-old called him racial slur, police say," 3 June 2018 While most babies are still working on crawling, Serena Williams’ 8-month-old (likely thanks to her social media-savvy parents) was verified on Twitter. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "Serena Williams' 8-month old baby is now verified on Twitter," 16 May 2018

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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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