Definition - Noun
[Old French seel, from Latin sigillum, from diminutive of signum mark, sign]
: a device (as an emblem, symbol, or word) used to identify or replace a signature and to authenticate (as at common law) written matter
see also contract under seal at contract
: with an authenticating seal affixed

Definition - Transitive Verb
1  : to authenticate or approve by or as if by a seal
2  : to close off (as records) from public access

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