ver·​i·​fy | \ ˈver-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce verify (audio) \
verified; verifying

Essential Meaning of verify

: to prove, show, find out, or state that (something) is true or correct We could not verify [=confirm] the rumor. She verified her flight number. See More ExamplesHe verified that the item was in stock. Can you verify whether I am scheduled to work or not?Hide

Full 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 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 Accurately completing and submitting the Employer Certification Form is the only way your loan servicer can verify you are working for a qualified employer. Anthony Copeman, Essence, 11 Aug. 2021 Neureiter called that allegation ‘’highly disputed and inflammatory’' and said the lawyers made no efforts to verify it., 4 Aug. 2021 Renters and landlords have to submit financial records and documentation of COVID-19 impact, and administrators have to verify it before releasing any funds, which bogs down the process. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, 24 June 2021 For example, not using multifactor authentication, which requires a user to verify themselves in multiple ways, might result in a rejection. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday the information came from a foreign entity, and that the U.S. needed additional information to independently verify it. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Now counties have until Thursday to sift through the signatures and verify them, but there are already enough signatures verified to prompt the election if those voters don't remove their names en masse. Meg Cunningham, ABC News, 27 Apr. 2021 Your Microsoft account, together with apps that require you to sign in (such as Outlook, OneDrive, and others), won’t require you to verify yourself using a password. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 15 Sep. 2021 The Biden administration's broad prevention measures announced Thursday expand vaccine mandates further, affecting roughly 100 million Americans and shining a new light on exemption claims and how employers can verify their legitimacy. CBS News, 14 Sep. 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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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


transitive verb
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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