verify

verb
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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Other Words from verify

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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Warren has fundamentally taken away the right of Native nations, communities, and peoples to define themselves on their own terms, instead utilizing non-Indigenous sources to verify and be the arbiter of what is indigeneity, and who is Indigenous. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "DNA Tests Are Not An Indicator of Native Identity," 19 Oct. 2018 At the time of Riccobene’s suspension, Browne said that an employee’s educational credentials are typically verified as part of a background check if they are required for the position. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Duties of demoted executive in medical examiner’s office ‘remain largely the same’," 9 July 2018 And many questions remain about exactly how the world will verify that the North is indeed getting rid of its nukes. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for June 13: Primaries, North Korea, AT&T-Time Warner, Yemen, Macedonia," 13 June 2018 Experts are vetted through a fairly grueling process, with credentials, education, and background verified. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "8 Easy Ways to Make Money Online," 12 June 2018 Brown does have a second verified Twitter account, @Milliestopshate. Isaac Feldberg, EW.com, "Millie Bobby Brown splits kneecap, will miss MTV Movie & TV Awards," 16 June 2018 That's number twelve, shoot it.’ This conversation is difficult to verify. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Forgotten True Story of Alan Bean's Unlikely Journey to the Moon," 29 May 2018 The next step will be that machines will postulate such models on their own and will verify and refine them based on empirical evidence. Kevin Hartnett, The Atlantic, "How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics," 19 May 2018 However, please check with your individual school or organization to verify closings and delays or for more information. cincinnati.com, "School closings and delays," 15 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 \
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

History and Etymology for verify

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

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