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[noun ser-tif-i-kit; verb ser-tif-i-keyt] /noun sərˈtɪf ɪ kɪt; verb sərˈtɪf ɪˌkeɪt/
a document serving as evidence or as written testimony, as of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something.
a document attesting to the fact that a person has completed an educational course, issued either by an institution not authorized to grant diplomas, or to a student not qualifying for a diploma.
Law. a statement, written and signed, which is by law made evidence of the truth of the facts stated, for all or for certain purposes.
verb (used with object), certificated, certificating.
to furnish with or authorize by a certificate.
to issue an official certificate attesting to the training, aptitude, and qualification of:
to certificate a teacher.
Origin of certificate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English certificat < Medieval Latin certificātum, noun use of neuter of certificātus certified (past participle of certificāre), equivalent to certific- (see certify) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[ser-tif-uh-ki-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /sərˈtɪf ə kɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
noncertificated, adjective
uncertificated, adjective
Can be confused
certificate, degree, diploma, license. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for certificated
Historical Examples
  • There is a bureau where she is registered, certificated, and signs her name.

  • I was proud of them, and Dr Greatman said he wished he could speak as highly of many of his certificated nurses.

    A Question of Marriage Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Has driven his own car in races, and is a certificated aerial pilot for Germany.

  • You could not feel half so sure that he is a certificated school-master, as you can that his very brisk-looking companion is so.

    Friarswood Post-Office Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Mrs. Berry, in her circle, was known as a certificated lecturer against the snares of matrimony.

  • For the improvement of the mass of the people, nearly seven thousand young men are in training as certificated Masters.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • certificated assistant teachers have formed themselves into a loosely coherent body of their own.

    Social Transformations of the Victorian Age

    T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
  • Is a certificated officer in the mercantile marine, intrusted with the entire charge of a ship, both as regards life and property.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Pilotage dues on sections of the river, or where it appears necessary to establish stations of certificated pilots.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • There are ten and a half schools in the parish of Gairloch, all conducted by certificated teachers.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
British Dictionary definitions for certificated


noun (səˈtɪfɪkɪt)
an official document attesting the truth of the facts stated, as of birth, marital status, death, health, completion of an academic course, ability to practise a profession, etc
short for share certificate
verb (səˈtɪfɪˌkeɪt)
(transitive) to authorize by or present with an official document
Derived Forms
certificatory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French certificat, from certifiercertify
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Word Origin and History for certificated

1610s, past participle adjective from obsolete certificate (v.), from Medieval Latin certificatus, past participle of certificare (see certify).



early 15c., "action of certifying," from French certificat, from Medieval Latin certificatum "thing certified," noun use of neuter past participle of certificare (see certify). Of documents, from mid-15c., especially a document which attests to someone's authorization to practice or do something (1540s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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