What does certain mean?

Definitions for certain
ˈsɜr tncer·tain

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word certain.

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"

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: 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

  2. certain(Adjective)

    Sure, positive, not doubting.

    I was certain of my decision.

    Etymology: 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)

    certainty

  9. Certain(noun)

    a certain number or quantity

  10. Certain(adverb)

    certainly

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Certain

    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. certuscern-ĕre, to decide.]

Editors Contribution

  1. certain

    To feel and know with our conscience, consciousness, heart, mind, subconscious, spirit and soul.

    They both are certain they are getting married to each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

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 for certain »

  1. tercian

  2. tacrine

How to pronounce certain?

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How to say certain in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of certain in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of certain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of certain in a Sentence

  1. Mark Kelly:

    Whether its science or going to a certain destination, I think people rise to the occasion if you’re doing something important, if going to Mars takes two years or two-and-a-half years, that’s doable.

  2. Bill Clinton:

    The longer I live, the more places I go and people I meet, the more certain I am that everyone has gifts to be recognized and celebrated, together our contributions add up to something greater than we could offer on our own. Isn't that the goal of a community or a congregation?

  3. Paul Klee:

    Beauty is as relative as light and dark. Thus, there exists no beautiful woman, none at all, because you are never certain that a still far more beautiful woman will not appear and completely shame the supposed beauty of the first.

  4. Mary Parenteau:

    In general, many microbes like to 'eat' organic compounds, especially certain lipids, for lunch, and can destroy the bulk of the organics before they have a chance to get preserved, iron can rapidly entomb or bind to the organics and make them unavailable to 'eat,' similar to encasing a sandwich in cement.

  5. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim:

    We have bodies, come and examine them. It is clear they are missing certain parts.

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