Definitions for certainˈsɜr tn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cer•tainˈsɜr tn(adj.)

  1. free from doubt or reservation; confident.

  2. destined; sure to happen:

    She is certain to be there.

  3. inevitable; bound to come:

    Death and taxes are certain.

  4. established as true or sure; indisputable:

    It is certain that you tried.

  5. fixed; agreed upon; settled:

    for a certain amount.

  6. definite or particular, but not named or specified:

    A certain person phoned.

  7. trustworthy; unfailing; reliable:

    His aim was certain.

  8. some though not much:

    a certain reluctance.

  9. Obs. steadfast.

  10. (pron.)certain ones:

    Certain of the members abstained.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Function Word

Idioms for certain:

  1. for certain,certainly; for sure.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of certain:

1250–1300; ME < OF < VL *certānus= L cert(us) sure, settled (der. of cernere to sift, decide; cf. discrete ) +-ānus -an1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. certain(a)(adj)

    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"

  2. certain(p), sure(adj)

    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"

  3. certain(p)(adj)

    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"

  4. certain, sure(adj)

    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"

  5. sealed, certain(adj)

    established irrevocably

    "his fate is sealed"

  6. certain, sure(adj)

    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"

  7. certain, sure(adj)

    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

  1. certain(adjective)ˈsɜr tn

    without any doubt

    I'm certain that I saw her leave.; You're certain about that?

  2. certainˈsɜr tn

    not sure about sth

    not certain why she asked me

  3. certainˈsɜr tn

    absolutely sure to happen or to be true

    She feels the horse is certain to win.; certain death

  4. certainˈsɜr tn

    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.

  5. certainˈsɜr tn

    to do sth to be sure sth happens or is true

    I made certain (that) all the doors were locked.


  1. certain(Adjective)

    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.

  2. certain(Adjective)

    Sure, positive, not doubting.

    I was certain of my decision.

  3. 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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Certain(adj)

    assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning

  2. Certain(adj)

    determined; resolved; -- used with an infinitive

  3. Certain(adj)

    not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact

  4. Certain(adj)

    actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable

  5. Certain(adj)

    unfailing; infallible

  6. Certain(adj)

    fixed or stated; regular; determinate

  7. Certain(adj)

    not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; -- sometimes used independenty as a noun, and meaning certain persons

  8. Certain(noun)


  9. Certain(noun)

    a certain number or quantity

  10. Certain(adverb)


British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'certain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #419

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'certain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #518

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'certain' in Adjectives Frequency: #45

Anagrams of certain

  1. tercian

  2. tacrine

Translations for certain

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


true or without doubt

It's certain that the world is round.

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