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 verify (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 Previously, election officials would verify electors through signature verification. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'You can call it Jim Crow’: Fulton County commissioners fight back against Georgia election law," 13 Apr. 2021 Through its new Zenith Icons program, the company will source, verify, restore and sell these models exclusively at its boutiques. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, "They Might Look Like Candy, But Zenith’s Newest Watches Were Inspired by Natural Light," 8 Apr. 2021 The passports would verify that a person has been fully immunized against COVID-19 and allow people to more freely travel and shop. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Nursing home residents reconnect with loved ones after year of loss," 7 Apr. 2021 NBC News could not independently verify whether the texts were authentic. NBC News, "Sheryl Underwood breaks silence after Sharon Osbourne's exit from 'The Talk'," 7 Apr. 2021 Buyers could verify where a food item comes from, for example, and learn more about the journey that led it to their plates. Natalie Burg, Forbes, "Here’s How Innovations In Food Traceability Could Change The Way We Eat," 5 Apr. 2021 The Mesa City Clerk will first verify the signatures and has 20 business days to do so, per the city. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Foes of Mesa’s nondiscrimination ordinance file 11,505 signatures for referendum effort," 2 Apr. 2021 Anybody can verify its integrity, look for vulnerabilities and suggest improvements. Zach Epstein, BGR, "We need to talk about my crazy new $600 crypto hardware wallet," 31 Mar. 2021 The researchers are now trying to verify what vaccine the remaining participants received, per the Washington Post. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "CDC Study of Vaccinated Frontline Workers Shows Covid-19 Shots Effectively Prevent Infection, Not Just Symptoms," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Verify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verify. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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