certify
certifier, n.
/serr"teuh fuy'/, v., certified, certifying.
v.t.
1. to attest as certain; give reliable information of; confirm: He certified the truth of his claim.
2. to testify to or vouch for in writing: The medical examiner will certify his findings to the court.
3. to guarantee; endorse reliably: to certify a document with an official seal.
4. to guarantee (a check) by writing on its face that the account against which it is drawn has sufficient funds to pay it.
5. to award a certificate to (a person) attesting to the completion of a course of study or the passing of a qualifying examination.
6. to declare legally insane and committable to a mental institution.
7. Archaic. to assure or inform with certainty.
v.i.
8. to give assurance; testify; vouch for the validity of something (usually fol. by to).
[1300-50; ME certifien < MF certifier < LL certificare, equiv. to L certi- (comb. form of certus decided; see CERTAIN) + -ficare -FY]
Syn. 1. corroborate, verify, validate, guarantee.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • certify — cer·ti·fy / sər tə ˌfī/ vt fied, fy·ing [Medieval Latin certificare, from Late Latin, to assure, convince, from Latin certus certain + ficare to make] 1: to state authoritatively: as a: to give assurance of the validity of certify corporate… …   Law dictionary

  • certify — cer‧ti‧fy [ˈsɜːtfaɪ ǁ ˈsɜːr ] verb certified PTandPP [transitive] 1. to state that something is correct or suitable, especially after an official check or test: • Every delivery must be certified for consistent quality. • The farm has not yet… …   Financial and business terms

  • certify — 1 Certify, attest, witness, vouch are comparable when they mean to testify to the truth or genuineness of something. Certify usually implies a statement in writing, especially one that carries one s signature or seal or both or one that is… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Certify — Cer ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Certified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Certifying}.] [F. certifier, LL. certificare; L. certus certain + facere to make. See {Certain}, and cf. {Certificate}, v. t.] 1. To give cetain information to; to assure; to make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • certify — early 14c., from O.Fr. certefiier make certain, witness the truth of (12c.), from L.L. certificare to certify, to make certain, from L. certus (see CERTAIN (Cf. certain)) + root of facere to make, do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • certify — [v] declare as true accredit, approve, ascertain, assure, attest, authenticate, authorize, aver, avow, commission, confirm, corroborate, endorse, guarantee, license, notify, okay, profess, reassure, rubber stamp*, sanction, show, state, swear,… …   New thesaurus

  • certify — ► VERB (certifies, certified) 1) formally confirm. 2) officially recognize as meeting certain standards. 3) officially declare insane. ORIGIN Latin certificare, from certus certain …   English terms dictionary

  • certify — [sʉrt′ə fī΄] vt. certified, certifying [ME certifien < OFr certifier < LL certificare < L certus, CERTAIN + FY] 1. to declare (a thing) true, accurate, certain, etc. by formal statement, often in writing; verify; attest 2. to declare… …   English World dictionary

  • certify — v. 1) (esp. BE) (D; tr.) to certify as (the psychiatrist certified him as insane) 2) (L) she certified that it was a true copy 3) (M) can you certify this to be a true copy? 4) (esp. BE) (N; used with an adjective) he was certified insane * * * [ …   Combinatory dictionary

  • certify — cer|ti|fy [ˈsə:tıfaı US ˈsə:r ] v past tense and past participle certified present participle certifying third person singular certifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: certifier, from Late Latin certificare, from Latin certus; CERTAIN1]… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • certify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English certifien, from Anglo French certefier, from Late Latin certificare, from Latin certus certain more at certain Date: 14th century 1. to attest authoritatively: as a. confirm …   New Collegiate Dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”