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Definition of certified

1 : having earned certification a certified gemologist
2 : genuine, authentic a certified big shot certified intellectuals

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Synonyms & Antonyms for certified


authentic, bona fide, certifiable, dinkum [Australian & New Zealand], echt, genuine, honest, pukka (also pucka), real, right, sure-enough, true


bogus, counterfeit, fake, false, mock, phony (also phoney), pseudo, sham, spurious, suppositious, supposititious, unauthentic, unreal

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Examples of certified in a Sentence

You must be certified in order to practice medicine. The carpentry work must be done by someone who is certified for the job. The food is certified kosher. Her boyfriend's a certified weirdo.
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Alain Saint-Dic, a certified trainer at Stretch Relief, a new stretching studio in the Upper East Side, boils it down to runners not taking their recovery as seriously as their training. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Inspired by the New York City Half Marathon? Experts Weigh in on Staying Injury-Free While You Train," 15 Mar. 2019 For one, there is the inevitable weight gain, which Dana James, M.S., C.D.N., C.N.S., a triple-certified celebrity nutritionist, compared to eating too much cheesecake. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Giving Up Happy Hour Saved My Sanity and My Health," 11 Jan. 2019 Richard McGarry, a certified home inspector in Florida told the outlet that PVC and copper pipes last roughly 50 to 70 years. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing In This Ridiculously Cold Weather," 24 Jan. 2019 Still, the income tax due on $1 million of wages in 1952 would have been about $870,000, according to Jay Starkman, a certified public accountant in Atlanta who researches tax history. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "How Wealthy Americans Like Jack Benny Avoided Paying a 70% Tax Rate," 18 Jan. 2019 The Camp program allows parents to be confident in the care that children receive as it is run by certified teachers. Julie A. Short/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Swensons restaurant, Planet Fitness coming to Avon: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 22 Apr. 2018 There are approximately 90,000 certified teachers in the state, but only 20,000 members of the Arizona Education Association, the union. New York Times, "Arizona Teachers Vote in Favor of Statewide Walkout," 20 Apr. 2018 Enter SMART Fitness, the 2,650 square-foot, Bala Cynwyd, niche fitness studio owned by 62-year-old certified spin teacher and personal trainer Debra Williams. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Philly's diverse answer to boutique fitness studios," 27 Mar. 2018 The group is asking lawmakers to create a task force of teachers, postsecondary institutions, and other school personnel to develop strategies to recruit and train certified teachers. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Orleans Parish School Board wants Louisiana lawmakers to act on local teacher shortage," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of certified

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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