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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verifier \ ˈver-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce verifier (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 Tickets are free, but individuals must verify themselves via phone number. Katie Surma, azcentral, "What to expect at Trump's Phoenix 'Keep America Great' campaign rally," 15 Feb. 2020 The World Meteorological Association is trying to verify it as a new record. Caroline Catherman And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "From a glacier break to record temperatures, Antarctica had quite the week in climate change," 14 Feb. 2020 The New York Democrat formally announced her presidential run on March 17 in a video posted to her verified YouTube account. Adam Kelsey, ABC News, "Who's running for president in 2020?," 12 Feb. 2020 But even though that Twitter user admitted Sunday night the whole thing was a joke, The Tribune was still receiving calls and messages Monday afternoon hoping to verify the story. Cory Havens, Indianapolis Star, "The CIA, abused dogs and 'Breathe Easy': Buttigieg draws his share of rumors, conspiracies," 10 Feb. 2020 Starliner's flight software has about one million lines of code, and now the company and NASA will have to go back through and review all of that code to check for errors and verify it. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Boeing’s Starliner problems may be worse than we thought," 7 Feb. 2020 Washington is good at verifying voter signatures because the state votes entirely by mail, says Bryan Finney of Democracy Live, the company providing the technology. TheWeek, "Seattle is letting everyone vote via smartphone in a local election," 22 Jan. 2020 The Free Press contacted Darwin Parks, who has since changed his name to Darwin McClary, to verify Privette's account of Whelan's firing. Kristen Jordan Shamus,, "Paul Whelan and family continue to fight a year after he's accused of spying in Russia," 22 Jan. 2020 Officials said that verifying a case of the novel coronavirus right now could take a day because patient samples need to be shipped to the CDC in Atlanta for testing. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "U.S. to begin health screenings at three airports for cases of novel Chinese virus," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Verify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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