certify

certify
certify cer‧ti‧fy [ˈsɜːtfaɪ ǁ ˈsɜːr-] verb certified PTandPP [transitive]
1. to state that something is correct or suitable, especially after an official check or test:

• Every delivery must be certified for consistent quality.

• The farm has not yet been certified organic.

2. JOBS to give an official paper to someone that states they have completed a course of training for a profession:

• She was certified as an accountant in 1996.

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certify UK US /ˈsɜːtɪfaɪ/ verb [T]
to give someone official approval or permission to do a job because they have proved that they have the necessary skills and qualifications to do it: be certified by »

All of our surgeons have been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

be certified as »

State officials are encouraging more farmers to become certified as organic growers.

to officially approve of something after testing its quality and proving that it is acceptable: be certified for »

Pharmaceuticals must be checked and certified for effectiveness and safety.

to formally and officially state that something is true, especially by signing an official or legal document: certify that »

The rules require sponsors to identify themselves and certify that they have no financial interest in the projects.

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To claim tax relief, submit a written statement from the lender to certify any interest paid on the loan.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • certify — cer·ti·fy / sər tə ˌfī/ vt fied, fy·ing [Medieval Latin certificare, from Late Latin, to assure, convince, from Latin certus certain + ficare to make] 1: to state authoritatively: as a: to give assurance of the validity of certify corporate… …   Law dictionary

  • certify — 1 Certify, attest, witness, vouch are comparable when they mean to testify to the truth or genuineness of something. Certify usually implies a statement in writing, especially one that carries one s signature or seal or both or one that is… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • certify — early 14c., from O.Fr. certefiier make certain, witness the truth of (12c.), from L.L. certificare to certify, to make certain, from L. certus (see CERTAIN (Cf. certain)) + root of facere to make, do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • certify — [v] declare as true accredit, approve, ascertain, assure, attest, authenticate, authorize, aver, avow, commission, confirm, corroborate, endorse, guarantee, license, notify, okay, profess, reassure, rubber stamp*, sanction, show, state, swear,… …   New thesaurus

  • certify — ► VERB (certifies, certified) 1) formally confirm. 2) officially recognize as meeting certain standards. 3) officially declare insane. ORIGIN Latin certificare, from certus certain …   English terms dictionary

  • certify — [sʉrt′ə fī΄] vt. certified, certifying [ME certifien < OFr certifier < LL certificare < L certus, CERTAIN + FY] 1. to declare (a thing) true, accurate, certain, etc. by formal statement, often in writing; verify; attest 2. to declare… …   English World dictionary

  • certify — v. 1) (esp. BE) (D; tr.) to certify as (the psychiatrist certified him as insane) 2) (L) she certified that it was a true copy 3) (M) can you certify this to be a true copy? 4) (esp. BE) (N; used with an adjective) he was certified insane * * * [ …   Combinatory dictionary

  • certify — cer|ti|fy [ˈsə:tıfaı US ˈsə:r ] v past tense and past participle certified present participle certifying third person singular certifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: certifier, from Late Latin certificare, from Latin certus; CERTAIN1]… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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