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

They were welcomed to the stage individually to receive a certificate of naturalization and were congratulated by government representatives. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "People from 25 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens at a ceremony on July 3," 3 July 2019 The study looked at death certificates from 57 jurisdictions and found a 28 percent increase in the rate of firearm deaths from 2013. Jim Salter, chicagotribune.com, "St. Louis leaders express anger after shootings leave 4 children dead, 2 others injured over past week," 14 June 2019 Once a login was successful, the bot would pluck the Kohl’s Cash certificate from a person’s account. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wausau Army reserve sergeant made thousands selling stolen Kohl's Cash codes, charges say," 13 June 2019 The firmware also automatically generates TLS certificates from the free Let’s Encrypt service. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home," 17 Oct. 2018 Xiaoqing Zheng earned an executive education certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 13 Aug. 2018 Each student received a check for $250 as well as a recognition certificate and medallion from Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders, a local nonprofit started in 1957. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "County's ASB leaders honored at SDSU luncheon," 19 Mar. 2018 According to data provided by the city last week, Lakewood has issued an increasing number of certificates of occupancy over the last decade. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Opponents pour money into effort to curb growth in Lakewood," 16 June 2019 The denial cost French America Line at least $4.8 million in damages and the loss of the boat's certificate of inspection with the U.S. Coast Guard, court documents filed by the company said. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Cruise company sails away with Mesa couple's $10,000," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Also approved were salary changes to certificated, classified and management employees. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, June 30," 30 June 2019 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

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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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