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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If we had a chance—and we had—of getting our Flannels last year, why isn't it a cert.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • "cert'nly," said Dick impulsively, and preparing to take a graceful leave.

    Devil's Ford Bret Harte
  • "Why, cert'nly," declared Silk, pointing at one of the cards.

  • The town of cert in the district of Castello Branco now has some 5000 inh.

  • Yu' seemed sort o' grave this mawnin', and I'm cert'nly glad it ain't them divers.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • cert, bobbed the accommodating operator, handing it to Ralph.

  • She has cert'nly come from where they are used to believing in God and a hereafter mighty hard, and all day long.

  • They are difficult to find, but this is a cert, a real cert; let me come on board.

    The Second String Nat Gould
  • "cert'nly not, cert'nly not," declared Timson, a little uneasily.

    David Harum Edward Noyes Westcott
  • "Why, cert'nly," he smiled, returning the pistol to its holster.

British Dictionary definitions for cert


(informal) something that is a certainty, esp a horse that is certain to win a race (esp in the phrase a dead cert)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cert

colloquial abbreviation of certain or certainty, attested from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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