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 records
b: to present in formal communication (as an order) esp. for review by an appellate court
the court may certify the question to the Supreme Judicial Court — R. T. Gerwatowski see also certification
c: to state as being true or as reported or as meeting a standard
refused to certify the suit as a class action and dismissed it — Marcia Coyle
2: to guarantee (a personal check) as to signature and amount by so indicating (as by stamping certified ) on the face see also certified check at check
3 a: certificate license
b: to designate (a labor union) as an exclusive bargaining agent or representative

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

certify
I (approve) verb accede to, accept, accord, accord one's approval, accredit, acknowledge, admit, agree, agree to, allow, assent, assent to, authorize, charter, coincide, concur, concur in, confirm, confirm officially, consent, countenance, empower, endorse, entitle, establish, give assent, give clearance, give consent, give permission, indorse, legalize, license, make valid, permit, pronounce legal, ratify, sanction, uphold, validate, yield assent II (attest) verb acknowledge, advance, advocate, affirm, affirm explicitly, affirm in an official capacity, allege, assert, assert formally, assert oneself, assert positively, assert under oath, asseverate, assure, attest, authenticate, aver, avouch, avow, be sworn, bear out, bear witness, bear witness to, bring forward, claim, confess, confirm, confirm as correct, confirmare, convenant, corroborate, countersign, declare the truth of, declare to be true, deliver as one's act and deed, depone, depose, document, endorse, ensure, evidence, evince, execute, fortify, give a guarantee, give one's word, guarantee, guaranty, insist, insure, issue a statement, make absolute, make certain, make one's oath, make sure, proclaim, pronounce, ratify, reaffirm, reassure, reinsure, set one's hand and seal to, solemnly affirm, state emphatically, state with conviction, stress, sustain, swear, swear an affidavit, take one's oath, testify, utter with conviction, validate, verify, vouch, vouch for, vouch for as genuine, warrant associated concepts: certification of pleadings III index accredit, acknowledge (declare), affirm (uphold), allow (authorize), approve, ascertain, assert, assure (insure), attest, audit, authorize, avouch (avow), avouch (guarantee), avow, bear (adduce), bond (secure a debt), cite (state), claim (maintain), corroborate, cosign, countersign, depose (testify), endorse, ensure, establish (show), evidence, guarantee, indorse, legitimate, let (permit), manifest, notarize, posit, promise (vow), qualify (meet standards), reassure, seal (solemnize), sign, sponsor, subscribe (sign), substantiate, support (corroborate), sustain (confirm), swear, validate, verify (confirm), vouch, witness (attest to)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


certify
v.
To confirm formally; to authenticate in writing.
n.
certification

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


certify
v.
1 To attest, authenticate, or verify something in writing.
2 To issue a certificate.
3 To judicially determine that a person is mentally or otherwise not competent.
4 To judicially determine that a group of individuals or entities meets the requirements to proceed with a class action.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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