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

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 The district certification deadline has been extended to Saturday. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "UIL will extend deadlines for girls and boys basketball playoff rounds; TAPPS announces new schedule for soccer, basketball playoffs," 17 Feb. 2021 Scheduling and meeting the boys district certification has been amplified while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in District 27-6A. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, "Winter storm freezes high school basketball season," 16 Feb. 2021 Lawsuits filed by Trump allies after the election that were rejected in court had asked for audits preceding certification. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan election audit affirms November presidential results, Benson says," 13 Feb. 2021 Cacao farming has likewise proven remarkably resistant to eco-certification schemes. Sarah Baillie, The New Republic, "Cancel Valentine’s Day Consumerism," 12 Feb. 2021 But in October 2017, the Trump administration instituted changes depriving service members of this path by preventing them from quickly obtaining an N-426 form — a certification of honorable service — required to apply for naturalization. New York Times, "Undoing Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Will Mean Looking at the Fine Print," 10 Feb. 2021 In 12 states, voting equipment certification is fully governed by the guidelines. Frank Bajak, Star Tribune, "Activists complain of weakened voting security standard," 5 Feb. 2021 Other entry requirements: Travelers cannot board a flight to the USVI without a travel certification from USVITravelPortal.com. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Which countries welcome American vacationers – and which are safest to visit?," 3 Feb. 2021 Mateo Cariño Fraisse, land use program manager at Preferred by Nature, says there are a number of certification programs that focus on generating carbon credits. Lauren E. Oakes, Scientific American, "The Real Cost of Planting Trees," 29 Jan. 2021

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Certification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certification. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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


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

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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