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.
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.
- cer·tif·i·ca·to·ry [ser-tif-uh-ki-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /sərˈtɪf ə kɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
- non·cer·tif·i·cat·ed, adjective
- un·cer·tif·i·cat·ed, adjective
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How to use certificate in a sentence
After his death, she reflected on a certificate her husband had been given for his work at Street Church.Frank Anderson, 87, cared passionately about feeding the homeless in D.C. | Dana Hedgpeth | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Birth certificates or adoption records are also a good idea.If you’re a solo parent traveling internationally with your kids, be ready for this question | Gina Rich | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
From 8 pm to 6 am, the teachers were instructed to check the birds’ veterinary certificates and to prohibit chicken products from being shipped into Delhi.From tracking the coronavirus to checking chickens, India’s teachers are on every frontline | Samanth Subramanian | January 18, 2021 | Quartz
Once an individual is vaccinated, he or she will receive a QR code certificate to indicate so.Why India just might pull off ‘the world’s largest vaccination program’ | Naomi Xu Elegant | January 15, 2021 | Fortune
Once Warnock and Ossoff have an official certificate of election, they will be sworn into office.What Really Happens When There's a 50-50 Split in the Senate? | Abigail Abrams | January 12, 2021 | Time
My birth certificate was modified, I changed my name, and when I was sixteen I emancipated from my grandparents and my father.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All | Aurora Snow | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They examined every “poll list, tally sheet, certificate of result, and, where necessary, each ballot.”Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era | Gary May | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She continued on to Maine and secured a birth certificate in the name of Julia Wadsworth.
Miller was able to use the Maine birth certificate to secure an Ohio identity card as Julia Wadsworth.
Will it be a simple matter of the newlyweds depositing their marriage certificate?After the Wedding: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice | Barbie Latza Nadeau | September 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
From the point of view of cover, the gold certificate is completely inelastic.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
If you wish, I will send a copy of the certificate of the duty done by this engine, which states very minutely every circumstance.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
When these things are done, the certificate of entry is delivered to the applicant and the entry is made.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Does a birth-certificate, a marriage-contract or an inventory of wealth represent a person?Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
By the way, you can easily put your hand on your birth certificate, as well as the death certificate of your father, I suppose?The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for certificate
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
(tr) to authorize by or present with an official document
- certificatory, adjective
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