An expert in antique vases who examines a vase to verify that it is not a replicate or fake is an example of an expert that will authenticate the vase.
- to make authentic or valid
- to establish the truth of; verify
- to prove to be genuine or as represented
Origin of authenticate; from Medieval Latin authenticatus, past participle of authenticare ; from Late Latin authenticus
transitive verbau·then·ti·cat·ed, au·then·ti·cat·ing, au·then·ti·cates
(third-person singular simple present authenticates, present participle authenticating, simple past and past participle authenticated)
authenticate - Computer Definition
authenticate - Legal Definition
- To prove that something, such as a document, is what it purports to be, especially so that the item can be admitted into evidence at a trial or hearing. For example, a party wishing to admit a letter into evidence may ask the witness whether it is, indeed, the letter he received, does he recognize the handwriting, and similar questions.
- To place a mark, such as a signature or a stamp, on a document to signify that it is authentic, effective, or valid.
- To approve or adopt a writing as one’s own.