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ver·i·fy

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pronunciation:
ve r faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: verified, verifies, verifying
definition: to make sure of the truth or correctness of.
We verified his story by talking to his father.The waiter verified our bill by checking it with a calculator.
synonyms:
confirm, establish
similar words:
attest, check, document, prove, witness
derivations: verifiable (adj.), verifier (n.)
Word Parts
The word verify contains the following parts:
ver Latin root that means truth
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify , Frenchify ) or noun (citify , zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy , putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.