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[noun ser-tif-i-kit; verb ser-tif-i-keyt]
  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 certificated

Historical Examples

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

    The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 3 of 6

    Eugne Sue

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

British Dictionary definitions for certificated


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 certificated


1610s, past participle adjective from obsolete certificate (v.), from Medieval Latin certificatus, past participle of certificare (see certify).

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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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