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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Verb

certificatory \ (ˌ)sər-​ˈti-​fi-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce certificatory (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 Texas election identification certificate issued by DPS. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Early voting starts Feb. 18. Here’s what Frisco residents need to know," 13 Feb. 2020 The paper cited death certificates, which stated Bryant's burial took place Feb. 7. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Another one bites the dust," 12 Feb. 2020 All but two completed the program, and all but one, who later earned a GED high school equivalency certificate, graduated from high school. Heather E. Mooney, The Conversation, "Why it’s unclear whether private programs for ‘troubled teens’ are working," 27 Jan. 2020 All kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and will receive a certificate, workshop apron, and a commemorative pin to bring home along with their craft (while supplies last). Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Did You Know? Lowe's and Home Depot Offer DIY Workshops to Help You and Your Kids Get Creative," 17 Jan. 2020 That’s because awards and ratings are subjective and arbitrary, whether the recognition involves a Michelin star, an Employee of the Month certificate, or the Nobel prize. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The secret to creative success is to stop caring about recognition," 8 Jan. 2020 Students were calling funeral homes and coroner’s offices to try to get family contacts, reaching out to precincts for police reports, filing FOIA requests for death certificates, and posting furiously in local Facebook groups. Lizzie Feidelson, The New Republic, "The Kids Profiling Every Single Child Killed by Guns," 26 Dec. 2019 Coursera’s analysis also revealed a strong demand for stackable career credentials and career-relevant programmes like professional certificates, which prepare learners for high-demand jobs in less than a year. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "These were the most popular online courses in India in 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Collectors have been buying the certificate of the art -- the banana is not made to last. Fox News, "Banana duct-taped to Miami art gallery wall taken down after crowds become 'uncontrollable'," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The foundation raised funds to provide 12 certificated STEAM+ teachers for the 2019-20 school year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Sept. 5," 5 Sep. 2019 Of the positions that were eliminated, three central office employees could not be placed in another position and one non-certificated teacher could not be placed. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Magnolia Middle primed for transformation with new principal, new teachers, new energy," 23 Aug. 2019

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

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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Certificate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certificate. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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certificate

noun
How to pronounce certificate (audio)

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 certificatory (audio) \ adjective

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