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 certificatory (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for certificate

Synonyms: Noun

certification, document, instrument

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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

Chief Executive Mark Okerstrom received a certificate of liberal arts from Simon Fraser University. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 26 Nov. 2018 Kids keep their craft, receive a completion certificate, get a workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 36 free things to do with your kids around Indy in July," 26 June 2018 Everyone who successfully completes the challenge receives a Conservancy certificate of completion and decal, a 20 percent off coupon from REI, $10 in Adventure Bucks from Adventure 16 and a patch from Hike San Diego. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Volunteers glean fruit to donate to food banks," 25 June 2018 Last December, Williams received her culinary arts certificate from McFatter Technical College. Krislyn Placide, Sun-Sentinel.com, "HANDY breakfast honors scholars who overcame adversity," 21 June 2018 Students who earn a perfect score on the new test would receive a certificate of recognition from the Education Department. Lasherica Thornton, Philly.com, "For Pa. students, a new duty: civics test," 8 June 2018 Records show Lewis was granted a certificate of innocence in February. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Two men framed by corrupt ex-Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts charged with dealing heroin," 11 Apr. 2018 The Chicago Tribune reports that a Cook County, Ill., judge granted him a certificate of innocence this month, clearing his name. Angela Helm, The Root, "After Being Wrongly Jailed for 23 Years, Chicago Man Gets His Old Job Back. Whoopee," 27 Mar. 2018 He was released from prison in November, and this month, a Cook County judge granted him a certificate of innocence. Houston Chronicle, "White Sox rehire man wrongly jailed for decades," 26 Mar. 2018

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Virtually anyone in the field will tell you fraud remains the biggest problem with trade, technology, and certificate schools. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 The agency's numbers do not certify whether those 1,400 additional deaths are attributable, directly or indirectly, to the hurricane, describing only the number of death certificates the Puerto Rico government collected each month. Arelis R. Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "New Puerto Rico data shows deaths increased by 1,400 after Hurricane Maria," 1 June 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 The agency’s numbers do not certify whether those 1,397 additional deaths are attributable, directly or indirectly, to the hurricane, describing only the number of death certificates the Puerto Rico government collected each month. Washington Post, "New Puerto Rico data shows deaths increased by 1,400 after Hurricane Maria," 1 June 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018

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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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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 certificatory (audio) \ adjective

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