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verb (used with object), au·then·ti·cat·ed, au·then·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to establish as genuine.
  2. to establish the authorship or origin of conclusively or unquestionably, chiefly by the techniques of scholarship: to authenticate a painting.
  3. to make authoritative or valid.

Origin of authenticate

1565–75; < Medieval Latin authenticātus made authentic (past participle of authenticāre). See authentic, -ate1
Related formsau·then·ti·cat·a·ble, adjectiveau·then·ti·ca·tion, nounnon·au·then·ti·cat·ed, adjectivenon·au·then·ti·ca·tion, nounre·au·then·ti·cate, verb (used with object), re·au·then·ti·cat·ed, re·au·then·ti·cat··au·then·ti·ca·tion, nounself-au·then·ti·cat·ing, adjectiveun·au·then·ti·cat·ed, adjectivewell-au·then·ti·cat·ed, adjective

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verb (tr)
  1. to establish as genuine or valid
  2. to give authority or legal validity to
Derived Formsauthentication, nounauthenticator, noun
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Word Origin and History for authentication

1788, noun of action from authenticate (v.).



"verify, establish the credibility of," 1650s, from Medieval Latin authenticatus, past participle of authenticare, from authenticus (see authentic). Related: Authenticated; authenticating.

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