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noun cer·tif·i·cate \(ˌ)sər-ˈti-fi-kət\

Simple Definition of certificate

  • : a document that is official proof that something has happened

  • : a document that is official proof that you have finished school or a course of training

  • : a document which shows that you own something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of certificate

  1. 1 :  a document containing a certified statement especially as to the truth of something; specifically :  a document certifying that one has fulfilled the requirements of and may practice in a field

  2. 2 :  something serving the same end as a certificate

  3. 3 :  a document evidencing ownership or debt <a stock certificate>

Examples of certificate in a sentence

  1. She has a certificate in midwifery.

  2. He earned his teaching certificate last year.

Origin of certificate

Middle English certificat, from Medieval Latin certificatum, from Late Latin, neuter of certificatus, past participle of certificare to certify

First Known Use: 15th century



verb, cer·tif·i·cate \-ˈti-fə-ˌkāt\

Definition of certificate


  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to testify to or authorize by a certificate; especially :  certify 4

certificatory play \-ˈti-fi-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective


First Known Use of certificate


Rhymes with certificate

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CERTIFICATE Defined for Kids


noun cer·tif·i·cate \sər-ˈti-fi-kət\

Definition of certificate for Students

  1. 1 :  a written or printed statement that is proof of some fact

  2. 2 :  a paper showing that a person has met certain requirements

  3. 3 :  a paper showing ownership

Law Dictionary



noun cer·tif·i·cate \sər-ˈti-fi-kət\

Legal Definition of certificate

  1. 1a :  a document containing a certified statement especially as to the truth of something <a birth certificate> b :  a document certifying that a person has fulfilled the requirements of and may practice in a specified field <a teaching certificate>

  2. 2 :  certification <the signature…constitutes a certificate that the attorney or party has read the document — U.S. Code>

  3. 3 :  a document that is proof of ownership or indebtedness <stock certificates> <gold certificates>



transitive verb cer·tif·i·cate \sər-ˈti-fi-ˌkāt\

Legal Definition of certificate


  1. :  to testify or authorize by a certificate; especially :  to recognize as having met special qualifications (as of a governmental agency or professional board) within a field — see also certificated security at security

certificatory \-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ play adjective

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