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certify vt

[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 [ corporate records]
b : to present in formal communication (as an order) esp. for review by an appellate court [the court may 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 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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