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 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 When someone dies without having had a COVID test, a coroner may attribute the fatality to a direct cause, such as pneumonia, without mentioning COVID as the underlying cause on the death certificate. The Editors, Scientific American, "Those Who Investigate Premature Deaths Should Have Medical Training," 23 Apr. 2021 So far, the U.K. has suffered 150,000 deaths with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "A Covid-19 Lesson for the U.S. From Three Countries With Rapid Vaccination Rollouts," 20 Apr. 2021 But there was no word about Covid-19 on the death certificate. New York Times, "‘You Can’t Trust Anyone’: Russia’s Hidden Covid Toll Is an Open Secret," 10 Apr. 2021 Given that easy access to travel is currently an unknown, the timing on this certificate actually works out fairly well. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "Earn up to 125,000 bonus points and $200 in credits with these Marriott credit cards," 18 Mar. 2021 Some analysts say that a more coordinated approach on the vaccine certificate at a European level could further lift Greek tourism revenues to more than €11 billion. Stelios Bouras, Fortune, "In sun-blessed Greece, a movement to save summer emerges. It involves vaccine passports," 14 Mar. 2021 In 1896, the winners received a silver medal, a certificate and olive branches. Washington Post, "First modern Olympics, 125 years ago, was nothing like today’s huge spectacle," 7 Apr. 2021 Visitors from out-of-state must also complete a certificate of compliance and a travel screening form. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, "April U.S. Travel Restrictions By State–Vaccinations, Quarantine, Covid-19 Test Requirements," 5 Apr. 2021 Before the pandemic, statistics showed that at least 40 percent of students at community colleges left school before earning a certificate or degree. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "The Pandemic Hit the Working Class Hard. The Colleges That Serve Them Are Hurting, Too.," 2 Apr. 2021 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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“Certificate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certificate. Accessed 13 May. 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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