Dictionary.com

certificate

[ noun ser-tif-i-kit; verb ser-tif-i-keyt ]
/ noun s蓹r藞t瑟f 瑟 k瑟t; verb s蓹r藞t瑟f 瑟藢ke瑟t /
Save This Word!

noun
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), cer路tif路i路cat路ed, cer路tif路i路cat路ing.
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.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on 鈥渟hall鈥 versus 鈥渟hould鈥? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of certificate

1375鈥1425; late Middle English certificat<Medieval Latin certific膩tum, noun use of neuter of certific膩tus certified (past participle of certific膩re), equivalent to certific- (see certify) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM certificate

cer路tif路i路ca路to路ry [ser-tif-uh-ki-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /s蓹r藞t瑟f 蓹 k瑟藢t蓴r i, -藢to蕣r i/, adjectivenon路cer路tif路i路cat路ed, adjectiveun路cer路tif路i路cat路ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH certificate

certificate , degree, diploma, license
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use certificate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for certificate

certificate

noun (s蓹藞t瑟f瑟k瑟t)
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
verb (s蓹藞t瑟f瑟藢ke瑟t)
(tr) to authorize by or present with an official document

Derived forms of certificate

certificatory, adjective

Word Origin for certificate

C15: from Old French certificat, from certifier certify
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK