View synonyms for certified


[ sur-tuh-fahyd ]


  1. having or proved by a certificate:

    a certified representative.

  2. guaranteed; reliably endorsed:

    a certified check.

  3. legally declared insane.
  4. committed to a mental institution.


/ ˈsɜːtɪˌfaɪd /


  1. holding or guaranteed by a certificate
  2. endorsed or guaranteed

    a certified cheque

  3. (of a person) declared legally insane

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Other Words From

  • non·certi·fied adjective
  • un·certi·fied adjective
  • well-certi·fied adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of certified1

First recorded in 1605–15; certify + -ed 2

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Example Sentences

Lil Nas X is always breaking barriers—hisdebut single, “Old Town Road,” has officially become the highest certified song in RIAA history.

Mama Africa’s next pick is a classic by a certified musical prodigy in Felix Mendelssohn.

Here is a selection of certified Champagne wines in a variety of styles to consider popping open anytime this winter.

From Fortune

Now he’s a certified Republican star, with an unlikely triumph in his first-ever run for office positioning him for a place on the national stage.

From Ozy

Texans who have Covid-19 as the election approaches even need to present a certified doctor’s note in order to vote by mail.

From Vox

The parents had chosen to give birth at home, with a certified professional midwife attending.

He was formally certified as a CIA interrogator only in April 2003.

The request for outpatient medical services has been reviewed and has not been certified.

It reminds me of the experience that Boeing had with the FAA when, in the 1960s, the Boeing 747 was being certified.

Her luscious, limited edition certified organic EOS lip balms are also available at drugstores nationwide for the holiday season.

I replied with a certified copy of the original which Henriette had already placed in the president's hands.

He went to the meeting of his partners with a certified check for the amount of their claims in his pocket.

Then they scare him into signing co-partnership papers, and make him turn over those certified checks to them.

He first of all went to see Penloe to get a certified statement, but that gentleman could not be found anywhere.

These were accepted as equivalent to the special terms given France, and Canada was certified as being entitled to minimum rates.


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