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English verb: certify

1. certify (communication) provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes


SamplesHis high fever attested to his illness.
The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication.
This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness.


ExamplesThey certify that there was a traffic accident


Synonymsattest, demonstrate, evidence, manifest


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bear witness, evidence, prove, show, testify


Narrower (hyponym)authenticate, condemn, notarise, notarize, reflect, reflect


Verb groupattest

2. certify (possession) guarantee payment on; of checks


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)secure

3. certify (social) authorize officially


SamplesI am licensed to practice law in this state.


Synonymslicence, license


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)authorise, authorize, clear, pass


Narrower (hyponym)accredit, charter, franchise, recognise, recognize


Entailapprove, O.K., okay, sanction


Antonymsdecertify, derecognise, derecognize

4. certify (social) guarantee as meeting a certain standard


SamplesCertified grade AAA meat.


Synonymsendorse, indorse


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)guarantee, warrant

5. certify (communication) declare legally insane


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)adjudge, declare, hold









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