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 In public-health terms, however, states play only a secondary role; state and city public-health departments mostly do routine things such as providing vaccines for children and hygiene certificates for restaurants. The Economist, "To hell with experts How the world’s premier public-health agency was handcuffed," 23 May 2020 At a meeting to resolve the growing crisis Friday, Kenya and Tanzania agreed that starting next week, drivers will have to get negative test certificates before starting their journeys. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "At a busy East African border, testing truckers created perfect conditions for coronavirus to spread," 22 May 2020 This certificate provides information about the circumstances of the discharge or release. Jamie Rowen, The Conversation, "Memorial Day: Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic," 22 May 2020 In particular, regulations around telemedicine, certificates of need that require government permission to add health care services, and overly burdensome occupational licensing that keep people out of good jobs should be removed forever. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Trump’s deregulation order should help Tennessee’s economic recovery, groups say," 22 May 2020 As a gesture of appreciation for their dedication and sacrifices during the coronavirus pandemic, AmaWaterways is offering complimentary future cruise certificates to frontline medical professionals and first responders. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Medical Workers and First Responders Can Get a Free River Cruise to Use Through 2021," 14 May 2020 Stanton ordered certificates and T-shirts for their final class. Tyler Tachman, Indianapolis Star, "‘It really got us through the quarantine’: IU softball coach Shonda Stanton unified a neighborhood," 12 May 2020 Learn the Art of Sushi Making ($200) from Udemy gives lifetime access to resources, on-demand videos, and completion certificates with step-by-step virtual instruction. Mary Olivia Keith, Condé Nast Traveler, "Online Courses to Brush Up Your Wine and Dance Skills Before Traveling," 7 May 2020 In other words, these risk-free certificates are just wishful thinking. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The World Health Organization says coronavirus immunity passports are a bad idea," 26 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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27 May 2020

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“Certificate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certificate. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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