ver·i·fy | \ˈver-ə-ˌfī \
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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verifier \ˈver-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r \ 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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First released in 2009 by its mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin was designed to operate without any central authority that could block transactions or verify the identities of the people involved. New York Times, "How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign," 13 July 2018 But that number is impossible to verify and the details of these projects are unclear. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Elon Musk’s big, failed plan to bring a mini-submarine to rescue the Thai boys," 10 July 2018 The National Compassion Fund plans to verify eligibility of the applicants throughout June and distribute the money beginning July 16. Ron Hurtibise,, "Decisions imminent for Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund distribution," 28 June 2018 Still, verifying that its coal plants are using appropriate emissions controls is important because those coal plants are likely to be used for decades to come. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In China, coal rules cut sulfur emissions, but data manipulation is a concern," 25 June 2018 Because the flight attendant who reportedly witnessed the initial incident has chosen to remain anonymous, though, verifying the details is impossible. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Airlines Tell Government to Keep Separated Migrant Children Off Their Planes Amid Viral Video Fallout," 20 June 2018 But the future remains unclear -- the U.S. and North Korea did not reach any agreement on the details of how to achieve or verify that denuclearization, Mr. Trump said. CBS News, "Future still uncertain after Trump-Kim Singapore summit — live updates," 12 June 2018 But questions remain over Kim's willingness to fully abandon his nuclear program, dismantle weapons and allow independent experts in to verify and inspect every site in the country that might be involved. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit," 10 June 2018 But this one, verified and true, has not even an ounce of exaggeration. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Extraordinary musky fishing tale, verified and true, comes to happy ending," 11 July 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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of verify

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


ver·i·fy | \ˈver-ə-ˌfī \
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 \
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

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