[ sur-tuh-fi-key-shuhn, ser-tif-uh- ]
/ ˌsɜr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, sərˌtɪf ə- /


the act of certifying.
the state of being certified.
a certified statement.
the writing on the face of a check by which it is certified.
Law. a certificate attesting the truth of some statement or event.

Origin of certification

1400–50; late Middle English certificacio(u)n<Medieval Latin certificātiōn- (stem of certificātiō). See certificate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM certification

non·cer·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounpre·cer·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounre·cer·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for certification

/ (ˌsɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /


the act of certifying or state of being certified
law a document attesting the truth of a fact or statement
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Medical definitions for certification

[ sûr′tə-fĭ-kāshən ]


The reporting to health authorities of those diseases legally required to be reported.
The attainment of board certification in a specialty.
The court procedure by which a patient is committed to a mental institution.
Involuntary mental hospitalization.
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