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authenticate

[aw-then-ti-keyt] /ɔˈθɛn tɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), authenticated, authenticating.
1.
to establish as genuine.
2.
to establish the authorship or origin of conclusively or unquestionably, chiefly by the techniques of scholarship:
to authenticate a painting.
3.
to make authoritative or valid.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Medieval Latin authenticātus made authentic (past participle of authenticāre). See authentic, -ate1
Related forms
authenticatable, adjective
authentication, noun
nonauthenticated, adjective
nonauthentication, noun
reauthenticate, verb (used with object), reauthenticated, reauthenticating.
reauthentication, noun
self-authenticating, adjective
unauthenticated, adjective
well-authenticated, adjective
Synonyms
1. confirm, validate, substantiate.
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Examples from the web for authenticate
  • Emphasis on may, since no one from the art world's formidable establishment will authenticate the painting.
  • Science has long been used to help authenticate works of art.
  • To authenticate a message, the sending node computes a sum using a secret key.
  • When a smart phone reads the code, it is instructed to download the app and authenticate with that vehicle only.
  • They proposed to use trustees who would authenticate you.
  • Many physical signs of unsustainable water use authenticate the numerical indicator of water stress.
  • Servers must be able to authenticate remote users who request services or applications.
British Dictionary definitions for authenticate

authenticate

/ɔːˈθɛntɪˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to establish as genuine or valid
2.
to give authority or legal validity to
Derived Forms
authentication, noun
authenticator, noun
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Word Origin and History for authenticate
v.

"verify, establish the credibility of," 1650s, from Medieval Latin authenticatus, past participle of authenticare, from authenticus (see authentic). Related: Authenticated; authenticating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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