verb (used with object), ver·i·fied, ver·i·fy·ing.

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.
  1. to prove or confirm (an allegation).
  2. 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
Related formsver·i·fi·a·bil·i·ty, ver·i·fi·a·ble·ness, nounver·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivever·i·fi·er, nounnon·ver·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivepre·ver·i·fy, verb (used with object), pre·ver·i·fied, pre·ver·i·fy··ver·i·fy, verb (used with object), re·ver·i·fied, re·ver·i·fy·ing.un·ver·i·fi·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·ver·i·fi·able, adjective

Synonyms for verify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of verify

Historical Examples of verify

  • Pausing only to verify the number, he sprang up the steps and found the bell-button.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Look closely to the spelling of proper names and verify titles.

  • There was not a waiter in the house who would not verify that statement on oath.

  • This, about the discovery of America, however, I can not verify with anything from Sanchuniathon.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • She had calculated correctly that he would not go out to verify her account.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for verify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

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)
Derived Formsverifiable, adjectiveverifiableness, nounverifiably, adverbverifier, noun

Word Origin for verify

C14: from Old French verifier, from Medieval Latin vērificāre, from Latin vērus true + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for verify

early 14c., from Old French verifier, from Medieval Latin verificare "make true," from Latin verus "true" (see very) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious).

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