- to prove the truth of, as by evidence or testimony; confirm; substantiate: Events verified his prediction.
- to ascertain the truth or correctness of, as by examination, research, or comparison: to verify a spelling.
- to act as ultimate proof or evidence of; serve to confirm.
- to prove or confirm (an allegation).
- to state to be true, especially in legal use, formally or upon oath.
Origin of verify
1275–1325; Middle English verifien < Middle French verifier < Medieval Latin vērificāre, equivalent to vēri-, combining form of vērus true + -ficāre -fy
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2. authenticate, validate.
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Examples from the Web for verifies
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As proof, she offered a document from the National Student Clearinghouse database, which verifies college degrees.Donald Trump's New Obama Conspiracy Theory
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No one verifies that they are actually attending classes at the school listed on their visa applications.To Hell With Privacy
December 30, 2009
She verifies what is so often and so truly said of the mothers of remarkable men.Spare Hours
As Roberts goes and comes, Campbell receives his burdens and verifies them.Evening Dress
W. D. Howells
Their testimony states the conditions and verifies the fact, but does not explain it.
He glances back to the sheet in his hand and verifies his thought.A Little Rebel
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Line 18 has a marginal note on 'scower'—'But when he does so, he verifies the Proverb, viz.Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol III
- to prove to be true; confirm; substantiate
- to check or determine the correctness or truth of by investigation, reference, etc
- law to add a verification to (a pleading); substantiate or confirm (an oath)
C14: from Old French verifier, from Medieval Latin vērificāre, from Latin vērus true + facere to make
Word Origin and History for verifies
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