From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Notify \No"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Notified; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Notifying.] [F. notifier, L. notificare; notus known (p.
   p. of noscere to known) + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See
   Know, and -fy.]
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   1. To make known; to declare; to publish; as, to notify a
      fact to a person.
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            No law can bind till it be notified or promulged.
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   2. To give notice to; to inform by notice; to apprise; as,
      the constable has notified the citizens to meet at the
      city hall; the bell notifies us of the time of meeting.
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            The President of the United States has notified the
            House of Representatives that he has approved and
            signed the act.                       --Journal of
                                                  the Senate, U.
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   Note: This application of notify has been condemned; but it
         is in constant good use in the United States, and in
         perfect accordance with the use of certify.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Certify \Cer"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Certified; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Certifying.] [F. certifier, LL. certificare; L.
   certus certain + facere to make. See Certain, and cf.
   Certificate, v. t.]
   1. To give cetain information to; to assure; to make certain.
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            We certify the king, that . . . thou shalt have no
            portion on this side the river.       --Ezra iv. 16.
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   2. To give certain information of; to make certain, as a
      fact; to verify. --Hammond.
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            The industry of science at once certifies and
            greatly extends our knowledge of the vastness of the
            creation.                             --I. Taylor.
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   3. To testify to in writing; to make a declaration
      concerning, in writing, under hand, or hand and seal.
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            The judges shall certify their opinion to the
            chancellor, and upon such certificate the decree is
            usually founded.                      --Blackstone.
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   Certified check, A bank check, the validity of which is
      certified by the bank on which it is drawn.
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