n. (certify, v.) ~ 1. The formal process of asserting that a fact or process meets a standard. - 2. The process of issuing an official document (a certificate) attesting to the truth of a fact, the quality of a process, or the authenticity of a record. - 3. The process by which individuals can demonstrate that they have mastered an organization's requirements for professional practice.
- certified, adj. ~ 4. Judged as authentic or as conforming to a standard.
The term derives from the Latin certus (sure, determined, resolved, certain). Frequently used in the context of certified copies so that the copies can be accepted as equivalent to the original. Also used to attest that a process is trustworthy.