cer·​ti·​fied | \ ˈsər-tə-ˌfīd \

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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Seven studio albums, six certified platinum or diamond. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "Darkness and light in Whitney Houston documentary," 4 July 2018 To dispose of them safely, use this DEA Diversion Control Division search engine to find a certified disposal site near you (including some pharmacies). Alissa Katz, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dispose of Everything, Including Old Cell Phones, Mattresses, and Batteries," 8 Jan. 2019 According to Rania Sarras, owner of The Chimney Chap in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a certified chimney sweep should inspect and clean your chimney and fireplace on an annual basis. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "So You Want To Fix Your Chimney," 21 Dec. 2018 Ashley Kuykendall, a Bedsider U rep and a certified health-education specialist Ooph! Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "Teens' Biggest Sex Questions Answered By Their Peers," 13 Nov. 2018 For more certified cruelty-free brands, check out PETA's searchable Beauty Without Bunnies database and our own roundup here. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Bliss Announces Cruelty-Free Partnership With PETA," 23 July 2018 Beckham’s group is seeking a lease of the land for 39 years with two 30-year renewal options at an annual base rent equal to the greater of $3,577,365, or fair market value as determined by two state certified appraisers. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 Then, a certified lactation counselor (CLC) can educate and guide families on basic breastfeeding issues (like latching). refinery29.com, "What Exactly Is A Lactation Consultant?," 15 May 2018 Eric Marlowe Garrison, a certified sexuality counselor, agreed. Ian Kerner, CNN, "Why Americans are having less sex," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of certified

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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