certificate

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

Definition of certificate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 : something serving the same end as a certificate

3 : a document evidencing ownership or debt a stock certificate

certificate

verb
cer·tif·i·cate | \ -ˈti-fə-ˌkāt \
certificated; certificating

Definition of certificate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to testify to or authorize by a certificate especially : certify sense 4

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Verb

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

Synonyms for certificate

Synonyms: Noun

certification, document, instrument

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Examples of certificate in a Sentence

Noun

She has a certificate in midwifery. He earned his teaching certificate last year.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the case of physical game cards, that certificate is a unique, RSA-2048-signed string that's written at the factory. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Inside Nintendo’s “perfect” method for detecting online Switch piracy," 20 June 2018 The certificate is for $20 off two dinners and can only be used Monday through Thursday. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Free beer! Free meals! Dads score big for Father's Day Sunday," 13 June 2018 Death certificates are the primary source of official death statistics in the United States, but those can take time and don’t always include the circumstances of a death. Washington Post, "How do you count deaths from a hurricane?," 12 June 2018 For fans of the modern-day royal family, the wedding certificate of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who were married at Westminster Abbey in 2011, is also on display. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "“Hidden” Attic in Westminster Abbey Is Opening as a Museum," 7 June 2018 On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Lauracelis Roques Arroyo ruled in favor of the journalists, saying that death certificates are public records and that the government could only redact social security numbers to protect individual privacy. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "A judge just ordered Puerto Rico to release all death certificates issued after Hurricane Maria," 5 June 2018 While Katy ISD officials said a Texas teaching certificate is preferred, that is not a requirement for the job. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD trustees OK anti-bullying, staff attorney positions," 31 May 2018 The council did, however, extend an olive branch to gun owners in the form of a grandfather clause: residents already in possession of assault weapons will have until the end of the year to receive a certificate proving prior ownership. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Boulder, Colorado, unanimously votes to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines," 16 May 2018 Those who complete their assignment will receive a certificate of community service, per the chamber’s website. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "RB Alive! vendors and teen volunteers needed," 11 Apr. 2018

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The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 The agency's numbers do not certify whether those 1,400 additional deaths are attributable, directly or indirectly, to the hurricane, describing only the number of death certificates the Puerto Rico government collected each month. Arelis R. Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "New Puerto Rico data shows deaths increased by 1,400 after Hurricane Maria," 1 June 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 The agency’s numbers do not certify whether those 1,397 additional deaths are attributable, directly or indirectly, to the hurricane, describing only the number of death certificates the Puerto Rico government collected each month. Washington Post, "New Puerto Rico data shows deaths increased by 1,400 after Hurricane Maria," 1 June 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of certificate

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for certificate

Noun

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

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certificate

noun

English Language Learners 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

certificate

noun
cer·tif·i·cate | \ sər-ˈti-fi-kət \

Kids Definition of certificate

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

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

3 : a paper showing ownership

certificate

noun
cer·tif·i·cate | \ sər-ˈti-fi-kət \

Legal Definition of certificate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 : certification the signature…constitutes a certificate that the attorney or party has read the documentU.S. Code

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

certificate

transitive verb
cer·tif·i·cate | \ sər-ˈti-fi-ˌkāt \
certificated; certificating

Legal Definition of certificate (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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certificatory \-kə-ˌtȯr-ē \ adjective

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