certain

[ sur-tn ]
/ ˈsɜr tn /

adjective

pronoun

certain ones: Certain of the members declined the invitation.

Idioms for certain

    for certain, without a doubt; surely: I know for certain that I have seen that face before.

Origin of certain

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Vulgar Latin *certānus, equivalent to Latin cert(us) sure, settled (cer- base of cernere to decide, + -tus past participle suffix) + -ānus -an

SYNONYMS FOR certain

1 convinced, satisfied. See sure.
4 indubitable, incontestable, irrefutable, incontrovertible, obvious, plain, clear.
5 determined.
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British Dictionary definitions for for certain

certain
/ (ˈsɜːtən) /

adjective

adverb

for certain definitely; without a doubthe will win for certain

determiner

  1. known but not specified or namedcertain people may doubt this
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural)certain of the members have not paid their subscriptions
named but not knownhe had written to a certain Mrs Smith

Word Origin for certain

C13: from Old French, from Latin certus sure, fixed, from cernere to discern, decide
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Idioms and Phrases with for certain (1 of 2)

for certain

Also, for sure. Without doubt. For example, I can't tell for certain if this is the right color, or I know for sure that she has a new car. The first term dates from the early 1300s. The variant, dating from the late 1500s, is also used colloquially to express agreement or assert the truth of a statement, as in Mary is really bossy.—That's for sure, or Are you coming to the party?—For sure I am.

Idioms and Phrases with for certain (2 of 2)

certain

see for certain.

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