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 b. to present in formal communication c. to attest as being true or as represented or as meeting a standard d. to attest officially to the insanity of 2. to inform with certainty ; assure 3. to guarantee (a personal check) as to signature and amount by so indicating on the face 4. to recognize as having met special qualifications (as of a governmental agency or professional board) within a field <
agencies that certify teachers
>
certifier noun Synonyms: certify, attest, witness, vouch mean to testify to the truth or genuineness of something. certify usually applies to a written statement, especially one carrying a signature or seal <
certified that the candidate had met all requirements
>
. attest applies to oral or written testimony usually from experts or witnesses <
attested to the authenticity of the document
>
. witness applies to the subscribing of one's own name to a document as evidence of its genuineness <
witnessed the signing of the will
>
. vouch applies to one who testifies as a competent authority or a reliable person <
willing to vouch for her integrity
>
. Synonym: see in addition approve.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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