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

Several specialists concurred after neurological tests, and a coroner signed a death certificate. CBS News, "Jahi McMath, girl at center of debate over brain death, dies, mother says," 29 June 2018 In Puerto Rico, there was some delay in the processing of death certificates in the months after the storm hit. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "What we know about the death toll in Puerto Rico," 13 Sep. 2018 And the number of new teaching certificates issued in the state sunk 71 percent between 2009-10 and 2016-17, to just 4,412 from 14,247. Philly.com, "The teacher supply is plummeting. Pa. will spend $2M to stem the tide," 12 July 2018 In the nearly two years between October 2015, when the office implemented a new organizational approach, and September 2017, the agency processed just 58 percent of autopsies and 78 percent of death certificates within 90 days. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Duties of demoted executive in medical examiner’s office ‘remain largely the same’," 9 July 2018 Every center-stone diamond Brees purchased from Moradi was accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America certificate of authenticity, according to Moradi’s court filing. Morgan Cook, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla jeweler being sued by football great Drew Brees says Brees acknowledged being 'cash poor'," 27 June 2018 Only 48 teachers — or 55 percent — of the district's teachers held the state's full qualifications of a standard certificate. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "'We're asking for help': State will take over dysfunctional Murphy school district," 25 June 2018 Thousands of death certificates are slated for release in the coming days. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Data Suggests Hurricane Maria Death Toll Is Much Higher," 13 June 2018 In 2010, the Loft Law was amended to permit an additional eligibility period and those units that didn't have a residential certificate but were being occupied during 2008 and 2009 could qualify as Interim Multiple Dwelling under the law. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here’s How Emily Ratajkowski Got Out of Paying Her $5k Rent," 5 Mar. 2019

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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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