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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
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[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
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  • 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
  • There is a bureau where she is registered, certificated, and signs her name.

  • There is a certain class of child's song which is always taught in the National system by certificated infant school mistresses.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Has driven his own car in races, and is a certificated aerial pilot for Germany.

  • About the same time he passed his first legal examination, and became a certificated lawyer.

    Tales From Jkai Mr Jkai
  • Mrs. Berry, in her circle, was known as a certificated lecturer against the snares of matrimony.

  • 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
  • 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
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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