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Definition of certification

1 : the act of certifying : the state of being certified
2 : a certified statement

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Examples of certification in a Sentence

the certification of the vote She had to wait until her certification as a nurse before she could start her new job. The certifications of nine teachers were revoked. The school offers scuba diving certification.
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Recent Examples on the Web In the Chicago case, the court denied plaintiffs' motion for class-action certification, and two of the plaintiffs opted for minimal settlements. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "3 San Antonio hospital systems settle nurses’ wage lawsuit," 29 Jan. 2020 After discovering that some 20,000 physicians were practicing CrossFit across the U.S., Glassman created a trainer-certification course specifically for doctors. Tessa Love, Outside Online, "Greg Glassman’s Easy Health Care Fix: More CrossFit," 16 Jan. 2020 That will be followed by MAX certification flights, Boeing’s submission of the final software and then FAA analysis of all the data. oregonlive, "Will new Boeing CEO bring the change company needs?," 24 Dec. 2019 So our certification flights will be in 2021 for the LSA awards that were just made. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Getting Vulcan up to speed: Part one of our interview with Tory Bruno," 11 Dec. 2018 Sommelier certifications are definitely a great way to do that. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Tasting Bourbon for a Living Is No Party," 17 Jan. 2020 This certification is an excellent addition to the high level of stroke services available at MetroHealth. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "North Royalton students, staff honored for commitment to excellence: Talk of the Towns," 19 Dec. 2019 Those certifications were for low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana by sublingual, suppository or topical routes. Christine Sexton, sun-sentinel.com, "How much medical marijuana is used in Florida, and who provides it, to be reviewed," 6 Dec. 2019 In March, Kedren’s federal certification was renewed. Lucas Manfield, Los Angeles Times, "Killing of patient, allegations of dangerous care haunt South L.A. psychiatric hospital, investigation finds," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of certification

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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21 Feb 2020

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“Certification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certification. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of certification

: the act of making something official : the act of certifying something
: official approval to do something professionally or legally


cer·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌsərt-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce certification (audio) \

Medical Definition of certification

: the act of certifying : the state of being certified psychiatrists with subspecialty board certification in geriatrics— Gary Kennedy


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Legal Definition of certification

1a : the act of certifying
b : the state of being certified — see also certiorari

Note: Certification of an interlocutory decision by a trial court allows an appellate court to review the decision and to answer a controlling question of law. Certification is often used in state courts as well as federal courts and, where available, allows a federal court to refer a question of state law to the state's highest court. Certification is also used to refer to a judge's order that allows a suit to be maintained as a class action.

2 : a certified statement

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