• WordNet 3.6
    • v certify 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"
    • v certify declare legally insane
    • v certify guarantee payment on; of checks
    • v certify authorize officially "I am licensed to practice law in this state"
    • v certify guarantee as meeting a certain standard "certified grade AAA meat"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher
    • Certify To give certain information of; to make certain, as a fact; to verify. "The industry of science at once certifies and greatly extends our knowledge of the vastness of the creation."
    • Certify To give cetain information to; to assure; to make certain. "We certify the king, that . . . thou shalt have no portion on this side the river."
    • Certify To testify to in writing; to make a declaration concerning, in writing, under hand, or hand and seal. "The judges shall certify their opinion to the chancellor, and upon such certificate the decree is usually founded."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The mummified hand of a notary public, chopped off for falsely certifying a document, has been on display in the city hall of Munster, Germany, as a warning to other notaries for 400 years.
    • certify To assure or make certain (of); give certain information to; tell positively: applied to persons, and followed by of before the thing told about, or by that before a verb and its nominative: as, I certified you of the fact.
    • certify To give certain information of; make clear, definite, or certain; vouch for: applied to things.
    • certify To testify to or vouch for in writing; make a declaration of in writing under hand, or hand and seal; make known or establish as a fact.
    • certify To testify; declare the truth; make a certification or certificate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The flesh of the puffer fish (fugu) is considered a delicacy in Japan. It is prepared by chefs specially trained and certified by the government to prepare the flesh free of the toxic liver, gonads, and skin. Despite these precautions, many cases of tetrodotoxin poisoning are reported each year in patients ingesting fugu. Poisonings usually occur after eating fish caught and prepared by uncertified handlers. The end result, in most cases, is death.
    • v.t Certify to make known as certain: to inform: to declare in writing:—pr.p. cer′tifying; pa.p. cer′tified
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. certifier, LL. certificare,; L. certus, certain + facere, to make. See Certain, and cf. Certificate (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. certificat—L. certificāre, certus, and facĕre, to make.


In literature:

The very same night the master of the flelde certified mee hereof.
"Great Epochs in American History, Volume I." by Various
No, Simon, it won't be certified and he'll take it as it is.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
I certify to that, for I saw it.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Emma Helen Blair
I hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of Mr. Landsborough's journal.
"Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria" by William Landsborough
Thinking that this act might be useful to you, I have brought you a certified copy of it.
"The Waif of the "Cynthia"" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
We certified this fact by making an expedition into the kitchen regions.
"The Alleged Haunting of B---- House" by Various
So after that he felt he could honestly certify that the child couldn't well endure immersion.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
And my Italy goes on well in spite of some Neapolitan troubles, which are exaggerated, I can certify to you.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
However incredible these cures might be, they must be admitted, they said, when numerous witnesses certified their truth.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
I am willing to certify that before the Council.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton

In poetry:

Alas, that neither bonds nor vows
Can certify possession;
Torments me still the fear that love
Died in its last expression.
"The Amulet" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Unbidden still the awful slope
Walling us in we climb to gain
Assurance of the shining plain
That faith has certified to hope.
"The Death Of Grant" by Ambrose Bierce
When brothers part for manhood's race,
What gift may most endearing prove
To keep fond memory its her place,
And certify a brother's love?
"St. Andrew's Day" by John Keble
I winna say it is untrue
What's certified o' me by you,
If ilka ane their duty'd do
As quick an' weel,
As I, my certie! they'd get through,
Spite o' the De'il.
"Answer to Burn's Address To The De'il" by Nora Pembroke
I—'ave—marched—six—weeks in 'Ell an' certify
It—is—not—fire—devils, dark, or anything,
But boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up an' down again,
An' there's no discharge in the war!
"Boots" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Certify , Don't Send, Contested Rangel Primary.
Mississippi regulators certify Jimmy Buffett's casino.
According to the Scioto County Board of Elections the petitions for the issues and local liquor options have not been certified .
If all of the petitions are certified , the issues and local liquor options will appear on the General Election on Nov 6.
Teams must certify in writing they have no bounty programs.
The new ratings for the ISB6.7 engine are certified at 0.20g oxides of nitrogen (NOx) per brake horsepower (hp) hour without the use of emissions credits.
Fair Trade USA, the main US fair-trade certifying entity, has announced plans to essentially lower its standards in the new year, Neuman reports.
I am not convinced that having parks certified by a third party benefits a resort, when there is so much unsettled debate regarding the issues.
Price Induction To Certify Its DGEN 380 Mini-turbofan.
OFPP wants agencies to certify contracting data quality.
World Cup Ratings Certify a TV Winner.
The need for certified information security professionals is becoming a critical issue for federal agencies.
Nonin Medical Announces Microsoft® HealthVaultâ„¢ Certification of Worldâ?s First Continuaâ„¢-Certified, Bluetooth® Wireless Fingertip Pulse Oximeter at CES 2011.
Having roamed the fitness and exercise field for the past seven years, I have served in every capacity from a certified personal trainer to my current position as a recreation manager.
Adele L Abrams is an attorney, Certified Mine Safety Professional, and trained mediator who is president of the Law Office of Adele L Abrams P.C.

In science:

That is exactly why a background theory is needed for it, and a set of standardized statistical tests must certify the numbers as random.
A Pseudo Random Number Generator from Chaos
Finding and certifying a large hidden clique in a semirandom graph.
Approximation Algorithms for Semi-random Graph Partitioning Problems
Finding and certifying a large hidden clique in a semirandom graph.
Random k-SAT and the Power of Two Choices
That is, it is necessary to certify that the observed correlations cannot be explained classically and, therefore, are potentially useful for quantum protocols without classical analogue.
Attacks on semi-device independent quantum protocols
The question then remains whether one can certify randomness independent of the physical framework used.
Full randomness from arbitrarily deterministic events