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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cer·ti·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Certified p. pr. & vb. n. Certifying.]
 1. 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.   --Ezra iv. 16.
 2. 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.   --I. Taylor.
 3. 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.   --Blackstone.
 Certified check, A bank check, the validity of which is certified by the bank on which it is drawn.