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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Another type of spam: Some scammers send emails impersonating Amazon, which amazingly needs to verify your account. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 Johnny Diloné, Maricopa County Environmental Services spokesman, said health inspectors ask during their regular restaurant inspections to see the labels of the products that raw cookie dough outlets use to verify the ingredients. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "Edible cookie dough: Where in metro Phoenix to buy dough that's safe to eat," 13 July 2018 Spokesman Eric Perlloni Alayon said in a statement the government is still trying to verify the death toll and does not plan to release any new data. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 Send in your designer gems to be verified before selling. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "8 Things to Know Before You Buy or Sell on eBay," 14 Dec. 2018 What additional steps, if any, are taken by Google to verify that the activity of companies granted access to user’s email contents meets Google’s terms of service? Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Lawmakers Push Apple and Google to Reveal Data Collection Practices," 9 July 2018 As of Wednesday, 1,644 people have applied and 1,508 have been verified as eligible to receive a portion of the fund, Dion said. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Decisions imminent for Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund distribution," 28 June 2018 And Buzzfeed didn't fare any better in verifying it: But neither [Health and Human Services nor Homeland Security] was willing or able to describe that database, explain when it was created, or say how the information in it was obtained. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Trump Administration Claims to Have a Database of Separated Children but They Can't Prove It Exists," 27 June 2018 The Journal Sentinel was able to verify both videos were taken the night of that 2005 show in Minnesota. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Videos and sources undercut molestation denials by former BoDeans singer Sam Llanas," 21 June 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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