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"
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sėr′tān, or sėr′tin, adj. sure: not to be doubted: resolved: fixed: regular: inevitable: some: one.—advs. Cer′tainly, (Scot.) Cer′ty, Cer′tie.—ns. Cer′titude, Cer′tainty.—'A certain person,' implying some degree of contempt; A lady of a certain age, of an age best not stated accurately—at least no longer young.—For certain, assuredly.—Moral certainty, a conviction so justifiable that one is morally entitled to act on it. [O. Fr.,—L. certus—cern-ĕre, to decide.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'certain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #419
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Rank popularity for the word 'certain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #518
Rank popularity for the word 'certain' in Adjectives Frequency: #45
The numerical value of certain in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of certain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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- أكيد, محدّد, متأكدArabic
- определен, уверен, сигуренBulgarian
- certCatalan, Valencian
- určitý, jistýCzech
- visse, vist, vis, sikker, sikre, sikkertDanish
- gewiss, sicher, bestimmtGerman
- cierta, ciertoSpanish
- varma, muuan, tiettyFinnish
- deimhin, dearfa, cinnteIrish
- deimhinne, cinnteachScottish Gaelic
- bizonyos, biztosHungarian
- viss, öruggur, ákveðinnIcelandic
- とある, 定か, 一定, 確か, 特定, あるJapanese
- quīdam, certusLatin
- visse, visst, viss, sikker, enkelteNorwegian
- anumit, sigur, cert, anumeRomanian
- уверенный, некий, определённый, некоторыйRussian
- tzeltu, tzertu, certuSardinian
- nȅkī, òdrēđen, sȉgūranSerbo-Croatian
- säkert, säker, vissa, säkra, visst, vissSwedish
- kesin, belliTurkish
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