Definitions for certainˈsɜr tn
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word certain
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
free from doubt or reservation; confident.
destined; sure to happen:
She is certain to be there.
inevitable; bound to come:
Death and taxes are certain.
established as true or sure; indisputable:
It is certain that you tried.
fixed; agreed upon; settled:
for a certain amount.
definite or particular, but not named or specified:
A certain person phoned.
trustworthy; unfailing; reliable:
His aim was certain.
some though not much:
a certain reluctance.
Certain of the members abstained.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Function Word
Idioms for certain:
for certain,certainly; for sure.
Origin of certain:
1250–1300; ME < OF < VL *certānus= L cert(us) sure, settled (der. of cernere to sift, decide; cf. discrete ) +-ānus -an1
definite but not specified or identified
"set aside a certain sum each week"; "to a certain degree"; "certain breeds do not make good pets"; "certain members have not paid their dues"; "a certain popular teacher"; "a certain Mrs. Jones"
having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured
"felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends"
established beyond doubt or question; definitely known
"what is certain is that every effect must have a cause"; "it is certain that they were on the bus"; "his fate is certain"; "the date for the invasion is certain"
certain to occur; destined or inevitable
"he was certain to fail"; "his fate is certain"; "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"- Benjamin Franklin; "he faced certain death"; "sudden but sure regret"; "he is sure to win"
"his fate is sealed"
reliable in operation or effect
"a quick and certain remedy"; "a sure way to distinguish the two"; "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
"be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"; "be sure to lock the doors"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
without any doubt
I'm certain that I saw her leave.; You're certain about that?
not sure about sth
not certain why she asked me
absolutely sure to happen or to be true
She feels the horse is certain to win.; certain death
a particular thing that is not described in detail
a plant that grows only in certain climates; It takes a certain type of person to do this.; A certain amount of knowledge is needed.
to do sth to be sure sth happens or is true
I made certain (that) all the doors were locked.
Having been determined but unspecified. The quality of some particular subject or object which is known by the speaker to have been specifically singled out among similar entities of its class.
I was certain of my decision.
Sure, positive, not doubting.
I was certain of my decision.
Origin: From certain, certein, from certain, from unattested form , extended form of certus, of the same origin as cretus, past participle of cernere. Displaced native wis, iwis (from gewiss ġewis, ġewiss and alternative spelling sertane
assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning
determined; resolved; -- used with an infinitive
not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact
actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable
fixed or stated; regular; determinate
not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; -- sometimes used independenty as a noun, and meaning certain persons
a certain number or quantity
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'certain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #419
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'certain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #518
Rank popularity for the word 'certain' in Adjectives Frequency: #45
Translations for certain
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
true or without doubt
It's certain that the world is round.
- certoPortuguese (BR)
- αληθινός, αδιαμφισβήτητοςGreek
- مسلم؛ بی تردیدFarsi
- וַדָאִי, בָּטוּחHebrew
- siguran, nedvojbenCroatian
- einhver, nokkurIcelandic
- certo, indubbioItalian
- 의심 없는Korean
- drošs; nešaubīgsLatvian
- sikker, vissNorwegian
- مسلم؛ بی تردیدPersian
- يقينى، متيقن: ټاكلى: داعتمادوړ: نه تيريدونكىPashto
- kuşkusuz, şüphesizTurkish
- 千真萬確的，無疑的Chinese (Trad.)
- певний, відомийUkrainian
- سچ ، بلا شک و شبہUrdu
- đích xácVietnamese
- 确凿的，无疑的Chinese (Simp.)
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