- having or proved by a certificate: a certified representative.
- guaranteed; reliably endorsed: a certified check.
- legally declared insane.
- committed to a mental institution.
Origin of certified
- to attest as certain; give reliable information of; confirm: He certified the truth of his claim.
- to testify to or vouch for in writing: The medical examiner will certify his findings to the court.
- to guarantee; endorse reliably: to certify a document with an official seal.
- to guarantee (a check) by writing on its face that the account against which it is drawn has sufficient funds to pay it.
- to award a certificate to (a person) attesting to the completion of a course of study or the passing of a qualifying examination.
- to declare legally insane and committable to a mental institution.
- Archaic. to assure or inform with certainty.
- to give assurance; testify; vouch for the validity of something (usually followed by to).
Origin of certify
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Examples from the Web for certified
The parents had chosen to give birth at home, with a certified professional midwife attending.Are Water Births Toxic to Babies?
December 12, 2014
The request for outpatient medical services has been reviewed and has not been certified.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
Having been certified after that date, he found the rule change unfair.Rand Paul and the Certification Racket
August 11, 2014
Plus, more and bigger mines in the DRC are coming on tap as certified conflict-free.Helter Smelter No More: Moving to Conflict Free Minerals
June 26, 2014
After the ballots are certified Friday, the council plans to rehire Moore as police chief.South Carolina Town Loves Its Lesbian Police Chief
June 26, 2014
The open sea, of the existence of which we are certified, must wash the shores of continents.The Field of Ice
The moment you get your message I will hand you the certified cheque.'A Woman Intervenes
I certified as to that much, and she immediately ran off to bring my sister.The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence
They certified it with their own names, and then passed with their children into the sunshine.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I have no certified advice to offer on the question of textbooks.College Teaching
- holding or guaranteed by a certificate
- endorsed or guaranteeda certified cheque
- (of a person) declared legally insane
- to confirm or attest (to), usually in writingthe letter certified her age
- (tr) to endorse or guarantee (that certain required standards have been met)
- to give reliable information or assuranceshe certified that it was Walter's handwriting
- (tr) to declare legally insane
- (tr) US and Canadian (of a bank) to state in writing on (a cheque) that payment is guaranteed
Word Origin and History for certified
mid-14c., "to declare the truth of," also "to vouch for or confirm" (an official record, etc.), from Old French certefiier "make certain, witness the truth of" (12c.), from Late Latin certificare "to certify, to make certain," from Latin certus (see certain) + root of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Also used in Middle English in broader senses of "inform, give notice; instruct, to direct; to designate." Related: Certified; certifying. Certified public accountant attested from 1896.