certificate

noun
cer·​tif·​i·​cate | \ (ˌ)sər-ˈti-fi-kət How to pronounce certificate (audio) \

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 | \ (ˌ)sər-ˈti-fə-ˌkāt How to pronounce certificate (audio) \
certificated; certificating

Definition of certificate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Other Words from certificate

Verb

certificatory \ (ˌ)sər-​ˈti-​fi-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce certificate (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for certificate

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Every award winner was presented with a certificate by Principal Sean Osborne. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 12 May 2022 The two are not allowed to apply for a new airman certificate and will not be eligible to have one issued for one year. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 12 May 2022 The assistant chief holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Wayne State University and a graduate business certificate from the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 And there was a certificate for a stunt driving school next to it. Clark Collis, EW.com, 9 May 2022 Starting May 1, travelers must show either a Covid-19 Green Certificate or an equivalent certificate. Christopher Elliott, Forbes, 7 May 2022 People can wait a month or more to obtain such a certificate. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 4 May 2022 Semifinalists received a participation certificate. Molly Fellin Spence, Baltimore Sun, 4 May 2022 Each certificate was proudly displayed, alongside a poster-sized photos of Alexis, at an event Sunday in Milwaukee marking the 20th anniversary of her disappearance. Gina Barton, USA Today, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Figures released by Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 29,648 deaths were registered in England and Wales with COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificates through April 24. Fox News, 5 May 2020 In addition to the search bar changes, Firefox 75's release notes also include security fixes and the following bullet points: Firefox will locally cache all trusted Web PKI Certificate Authority certificates known to Mozilla. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 7 Apr. 2020 Reimbursement for continuing education: This valuable benefit is tougher to find, but some employers still help pay for undergraduate, graduate and certificate classes. Jill Schlesinger, chicagotribune.com, 6 Nov. 2019 In regular session at 6:30 p.m., the board will consider final approval of a salary schedule for unrepresented employees, and classified, certificated management and confidential employees. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2019 Eric began taking yoga in 1993 and excelled as student, which led to receiving certification as a Satyananda (Bihar) teacher in 2005, Silver-Age yoga teacher in 2007 and completing the Duke Medical Center Yoga for Seniors certificate in 2009. sun-sentinel.com, 24 Oct. 2019 Vehicles older than 15 years must now undergo mandatory fitness renewal certificates every six months. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, 18 Oct. 2019 In regular session, the board gave final approval to a salary schedule for unrepresented employees, and classified, certificated management and confidential employees. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2019 In regular session, the board heard the San Dieguito Faculty Association’s certificated collective bargaining proposals and adopted the district’s proposal to open negotiations with the association. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of certificate

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1802, 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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The first known use of certificate was in the 15th century

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16 May 2022

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“Certificate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certificate. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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certificate

noun
cer·​tif·​i·​cate | \ sər-ˈti-fi-kət How to pronounce certificate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce certificate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce certificate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce certificate (audio) \ adjective

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