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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Other Words from certificate

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

City officials, including Rivera, recognized El Mello’s participation in the Healthy on the Block/Bodegas Saludables program and awarded Checo a certificate last month during a ceremony at the store. Marek Mazurek, BostonGlobe.com, "In Lawrence, bodegas now carry healthier options," 9 July 2018 As for Onfroy's legal issues, a spokesperson for the Miami-Dade State Attorney tells Billboard the office will present Onfroy's death certificate at a June 28 hearing, which had already been scheduled, effectively ending that case. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's Ex-Girlfriend Has Raised Almost $10,000 Via GoFundMe Since the Rapper's Death," 20 June 2018 Doctors can apply to the medical board for the certificates at any time. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "More local doctors sign up to recommend medical weed; list now includes 16 Cincinnati doctors," 13 June 2018 Would-be buyers will bid on digital certificates using cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "How Much Bitcoin Would You Spend on a Warhol?," 13 June 2018 At-sea packages include a pre-cruise wedding planner, two-tier cake, sparkling wine toast and keepsake wedding certificate. Alex Pulaski, latimes.com, "Say 'I do' and save money? Whoever thought you'd say that in the same sentence? But a cruise means both can happen," 10 June 2018 After the new citizens received their certificates inside the Armory, scores swarmed the vote-registration tables. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "At joyous Seattle ceremony, 498 become U.S. citizens — and consider what’s ahead," 5 July 2018 Lyford said plans are also underway to offer a certificate in Digital Media and an AAS in Computer Programming with several different specialties. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Wharton County Junior College’s Computer Science Program provides cutting-edge training," 15 June 2018 The two-year program hires, trains and mentors sometimes-troubled individuals seeking credentials in building maintenance as well as their high school equivalency certificates. Susan Stocker, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rehab at historic New River Inn helps apprentices rebuild their lives," 8 June 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

Other Words from certificate

certificatory \ -​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

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