What does certificate mean?

Definitions for certificate
sərˈtɪf ɪ kɪt; -ˌkeɪtcer·tifi·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. certificate, certification, credential, credentialsnoun

    a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts

  2. security, certificateverb

    a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends

    "he held several valuable securities"

  3. certificateverb

    present someone with a certificate

  4. certificateverb

    authorize by certificate


  1. certificatenoun

    A document containing a certified statement.

  2. certificatenoun

    A document evidencing ownership or debt.

  3. certificatenoun

    The information needed in order to verify a positive answer to a problem.

  4. certificateverb

    To supply with a certificate, especially following certification

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Certificatenoun

    1.A writing made in any court, to give notice to another court of any thing done therein. John Cowell

    Etymology: certificat, low Lat. he certifies.

    A certificate of poverty is as good as a protection. Roger L'Estrange.

    I can bring certificates, that I behave myself soberly before company. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 577.


  1. certificate

    A certificate is an official document attesting a certain fact, qualification, achievement, or status about an individual, typically relating to educational achievement or professional qualifications. They serve as proof or evidence that a person has completed a course, passed a test or met specific requirements. Certificates can also refer to a digital document used in cryptography for secure online communication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Certificatenoun

    a written testimony to the truth of any fact; as, certificate of good behavior

  2. Certificatenoun

    a written declaration legally authenticated

  3. Certificateverb

    to verify or vouch for by certificate

  4. Certificateverb

    to furnish with a certificate; as, to certificate the captain of a vessel; a certificated teacher

  5. Etymology: [See Certify.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Certificate

    sėr-tif′i-kāt, n. a written declaration of some fact: a testimonial of character or definite statement of qualifications.—v.t. to give a certificate.—ns. Certificā′tion; Certif′icatory, a certificate—also adj.n. Cer′tifier, one who certifies.—v.t. Cer′tify, to make known as certain: to inform: to declare in writing:—pr.p. cer′tifying; pa.p. cer′tified. [Fr. certificat—L. certificāre, certus, and facĕre, to make.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. certificate

    A voucher or written testimony to the truth of any statement. An attestation of servitude, signed by the captain, is given with all discharges of men in the navy.

Editors Contribution

  1. certificate

    A type of electronic document showing proof of completed education, skill, training or qualification.

    The company requested all certificates of completed training are uploaded onto the MDF.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'certificate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3428

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'certificate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4089

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'certificate' in Nouns Frequency: #1179

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of certificate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of certificate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of certificate in a Sentence

  1. Candace Adams:

    I don’t think anyone thought they needed proof that this was happening, then again, we also shouldn’t need a death certificate to prove someone’s suicide.

  2. Spokesperson Renee McCoy:

    The current regulation states that a student’s gender is determined by the gender noted on his or her certificate of birth.

  3. Salma Hayek:

    He came over to him and said, Is that your death certificate? He said, No. And he said, You can walk out and never come back. If youre doing theatre will you go to the audience and say you were sick? You were not sick enough. If you were in the hospital, Id understand, but two days in bed dont show up with that paper to my class. This is not a joke. You are either committed to this class or you dont belong here.

  4. Pamela Anderson/Instagram:

    Life is a journey and love is a process, with that universal truth in mind, we have mutually decided to put off the formalization of our marriage certificate and put our faith in the process.

  5. Charles Inman:

    He needed to have an identification, but we couldn't get an identification without a birth certificate.

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