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certificate

[noun ser-tif-i-kit; verb ser-tif-i-keyt]
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noun
  1. a document serving as evidence or as written testimony, as of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Finance.
    1. gold certificate.
    2. silver certificate.
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verb (used with object), cer·tif·i·cat·ed, cer·tif·i·cat·ing.
  1. to furnish with or authorize by a certificate.
  2. to issue an official certificate attesting to the training, aptitude, and qualification of: to certificate a teacher.
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Origin of certificate

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 formscer·tif·i·ca·to·ry [ser-tif-uh-ki-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /sərˈtɪf ə kɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·cer·tif·i·cat·ed, adjectiveun·cer·tif·i·cat·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcertificate degree diploma license
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Examples from the Web for uncertificated

Historical Examples

  • It was only that I heard he was uncertificated for marriage.

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    Rose Macaulay

  • Besides, what had love to do with this Minister, who was uncertificated for matrimony?

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    Rose Macaulay

  • Families among the lower grades and among the uncertificated were thus drastically discouraged.

    What Not

    Rose Macaulay

  • Some villagers picked me up insensible, I was taken to the inn, and the nearest doctor—an uncertificated wretch—was summoned.

    Byways of Ghost-Land

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • You need only serve a year, or perhaps two years, as uncertificated teacher.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence


British Dictionary definitions for uncertificated

certificate

noun (səˈtɪfɪkɪt)
  1. 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
  2. short for share certificate
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verb (səˈtɪfɪˌkeɪt)
  1. (tr) to authorize by or present with an official document
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Derived Formscertificatory, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French certificat, from certifier certify
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Word Origin and History for uncertificated

certificate

n.

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).

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