Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To establish the authenticity of; prove genuine: a specialist who authenticated the antique samovar. See Synonyms at confirm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To render authentic; to give authority to, by the proof, attestation, or formalities required by law, or sufficient to entitle to credit.
  • v. To prove authentic; to determine as real and true; as, to authenticate a portrait.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render authentic; to give authority to, by the proof, attestation, or formalities required by law, or sufficient to entitle to credit.
  • transitive v. To prove authentic; to determine as real and true.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render authentic; give authority to by the proof, attestation, or formalities required by law or sufficient to entitle to credit.
  • To prove authentic; establish as correct or genuine.
  • To establish as true or worthy of belief: as, to authenticate a statement.
  • Authenticated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. establish the authenticity of something

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Examples

  • Therefore, we call authenticate and allow an ugly override for edge cases:

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  • And she says she can't prove or authenticate, which is shameful for someone who has won the kind of distinction she has in the past.

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  • You are allowed to feel the way you want but this incident will not "authenticate" it.

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  • Even barber shops carry bogus certificates given to them by their mothers, I am sure which "authenticate" their being the "very best barbers" in the world.

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  • I also think you misinterpreted the word "authenticate", as did many reporters.

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  • And I also think you misinterpreted the word "authenticate," as did many reporters.

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  • You used the word "authenticate" as if it meant 100 percent assurance, which is really -- that's really what it means.

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  • All users must "authenticate" through their real-world Facebook profile, providing the company with actual names and personal information in case of a defamatory post.

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  • Even barber shops carry bogus certificates given to them (by their mothers, I am sure) which "authenticate" their being the "very best barbers" in the world.

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  • "It seemed increasingly likely that the statement attributed to Mr. Jawad in his original interrogation had simply been contrived by one of the Afghan policemen, which they then amateurishly sought to 'authenticate' by having Jawad place his thumbprint on the document,"

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