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4 definitions found
 for certify
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Notify \No"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Notified; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Notifying.] [F. notifier, L. notificare; notus known (p.
     p. of noscere to known) + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See
     Know, and -fy.]
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     1. To make known; to declare; to publish; as, to notify a
        fact to a person.
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              No law can bind till it be notified or promulged.
                                                    --Sowth.
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     2. To give notice to; to inform by notice; to apprise; as,
        the constable has notified the citizens to meet at the
        city hall; the bell notifies us of the time of meeting.
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              The President of the United States has notified the
              House of Representatives that he has approved and
              signed the act.                       --Journal of
                                                    the Senate, U.
                                                    S.
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     Note: This application of notify has been condemned; but it
           is in constant good use in the United States, and in
           perfect accordance with the use of certify.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 certain.
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              We certify the king, that . . . thou shalt have no
              portion on this side the river.       --Ezra iv. 16.
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     2. To give certain information of; to make certain, as a
        fact; to verify. --Hammond.
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              The industry of science at once certifies and
              greatly extends our knowledge of the vastness of the
              creation.                             --I. Taylor.
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     3. To testify to in writing; to make a declaration
        concerning, in writing, under hand, or hand and seal.
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              The judges shall certify their opinion to the
              chancellor, and upon such certificate the decree is
              usually founded.                      --Blackstone.
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     Certified check, A bank check, the validity of which is
        certified by the bank on which it is drawn.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  certify
      v 1: provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's
           behavior, attitude, or external attributes; "His high fever
           attested to his illness"; "The buildings in Rome manifest a
           high level of architectural sophistication"; "This decision
           demonstrates his sense of fairness" [syn: attest,
           certify, manifest, demonstrate, evidence]
      2: guarantee payment on; of checks
      3: authorize officially; "I am licensed to practice law in this
         state" [syn: license, licence, certify] [ant:
         decertify, derecognise, derecognize]
      4: guarantee as meeting a certain standard; "certified grade AAA
         meat" [syn: certify, endorse, indorse]
      5: declare legally insane

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  142 Moby Thesaurus words for "certify":
     OK, accept, accredit, acknowledge, affirm, allege, amen,
     and candle, approve, ascertain, assert, assert under oath,
     asseverate, assure, attest, authenticate, authorize, autograph,
     aver, avouch, avow, back, back up, be sponsor for, bear out,
     bear witness, bolster, bond, book, buttress, certificate, charter,
     cinch, circumstantiate, classify, clear up, clinch, commission,
     confirm, corroborate, cosign, countersecure, countersign, decide,
     declare, depone, depose, determine, disclose, dismiss all doubt,
     document, empower, enable, endorse, enfranchise, ensure, entitle,
     establish, find out, fix, fortify, franchise, get at,
     give evidence, give official sanction, give permission, give power,
     give the go-ahead, give the imprimatur, give thumbs up, guarantee,
     guaranty, initial, insure, kiss the book, legalize, legitimize,
     license, make certain, make no doubt, make no mistake, make sure,
     make sure of, nail down, notarize, pass, pass on, pass upon,
     patent, permit, privilege, probate, profess, prove, ratify,
     reassure, reinforce, remove all doubt, rubber stamp, sanction,
     say amen to, seal, second, secure, see that, see to it,
     set at rest, settle, sign, sign and seal, sign for, sort out,
     sponsor, stand behind, stand up for, strengthen, subscribe to,
     substantiate, support, sustain, swear, swear and affirm,
     swear by bell, swear the truth, swear to, swear to God,
     swear to goodness, testify, undergird, undersign, underwrite,
     uphold, validate, verify, visa, vise, vouch, vouch for, vouchsafe,
     vow, warrant, witness
  
  

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