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

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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 The cause of death would technically be dehydration and kidney failure, but the death certificate would recognize his cancer as the underlying killer. Katie Engelhart, The Atlantic, "‘I’m the Doctor Who Is Here to Help You Die’," 2 Mar. 2021 Three citations and a notice of violation for the occupancy certificate were issued. Mark Dunphy, San Antonio Express-News, "COVID violations: New San Antonio lounge for the 'grown and sexy' receives 3 citations," 1 Mar. 2021 Users can then offer the certificate as proof of a negative test if the country requires it. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The new travel reality: Vaccine required," 25 Feb. 2021 The company has since revoked the GoSearch22 certificate. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Malware Is Now Targeting Apple’s New M1 Processor," 17 Feb. 2021 Digitalization Minister Anders Ygeman said three authorities in Sweden had been asked to work on producing the certificate, and the plan is to coordinate it with the World Health Organization and the European Union. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Sweden to launch digital coronavirus 'vaccine passport' to allow travel," 5 Feb. 2021 To qualify for the certificate, participants select four core courses and six electives from Smithsonian Associates' courses, seminars, study tours, and studio art classes. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Need a New Quarantine Hobby? Smithsonian Associates Launches World Art History Certificate Program via Zoom," 22 Jan. 2021 Instead, the death certificate for Isabel St. Hilaire attributes her death to a cardiac arrest and stroke. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Did COVID-19 kill their loved ones? Families want answers as they get no help from state.," 19 Dec. 2020 The World Health Organization is working on an e-vaccination certificate. Stephanie Baker, Bloomberg.com, "The Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be the Ultimate Gateway Drug," 16 Dec. 2020 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, "UK coronavirus death toll appears to overtake Italy to become hardest-hit country in Europe," 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, "Firefox 75 overhauls the browser’s address bar," 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, "Make informed decisions during open enrollment," 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, "On the agenda, Sept. 8," 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, "Deaths in South Florida: 10/24," 24 Oct. 2019 Vehicles older than 15 years must now undergo mandatory fitness renewal certificates every six months. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "India’s proposed vehicle-scrapping policy may not be the right pill for its auto industry," 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, "How they voted, Sept. 15," 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, "How they voted, Aug. 25," 25 Aug. 2019

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Certificate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certificate. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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