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certificate

noun cer·tif·i·cate \ (ˌ)sər-ˈti-fi-kət \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of certificate

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

Examples of certificate in a Sentence

  1. She has a certificate in midwifery.

  2. He earned his teaching certificate last year.

Recent Examples of certificate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of certificate

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

certificate Synonyms


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certificate

verb cer·tif·i·cate \ -ˈti-fə-ˌkāt \

Definition of certificate

certificated; certificating
: to testify to or authorize by a certificate; especially : certify 4

certificatory

play \-ˈti-fi-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

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First Known Use of certificate

1818

in the meaning defined above

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CERTIFICATE Defined for English Language Learners

certificate

Definition of certificate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

certificate

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

Definition of certificate for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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certificate

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

legal Definition of certificate

1 a : 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 document
  • U.S. Code
3 : a document that is proof of ownership or indebtedness
  • stock certificates
  • gold certificates

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certificate

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

legal Definition of certificate

certificated; certificating
: 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

play \-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective


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