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 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 Zero-knowledge techniques are mathematical methods used to verify things without sharing or revealing underlying data. Wired, "Hacker Lexicon: What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?," 14 Sep. 2019 To verify that sorting process, Schwoch grew Mimulus plants for 6 months in saltier-than-normal conditions and then sequenced DNA from their tips, taking note of new mutations and how often the mutations appeared in the sequenced material. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019 Merrill said every county in Alabama uses paper ballots, which the report says is a critical security measure to verify votes. Mike Cason, al.com, "Report says aging voting machines a concern in Alabama," 19 July 2019 Compliance with the treaty is verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency and enforced by the U.N. Security Council. Ian Johnstone, The Conversation, "What is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? Here’s why it’s still important," 15 July 2019 That twist meant trustees had to vote again to ask the auditor’s office to verify the dollars the levy renewal would raise and the dollars a renewal levy plus 0.5-mill addition would raise. Cincinnati.com, "Liberty Township trustees move closer to police levy on November ballot," 5 July 2019 There’s no way to verify that, though, since HUD, the top government regulator of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage 4 loans, does not sign off on evictions – or even count them. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 Amid the network’s efforts to verify alleged grade irregularities, the OPSB stated that there were possible grade changes involving Kennedy’s current graduating class of 155 seniors. nola.com, "Orleans School Board mulls revocation of Kennedy school charter," 11 June 2019 As of right now, there is no verified Twitter account with the username @SussexRoyal. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Shattered an Instagram Guinness World Record," 3 Apr. 2019

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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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29 Oct 2019

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The first known use of verify was in the 14th century

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verify

verb
How to pronounce verify (audio)

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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