Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A document testifying to the truth of something: a certificate of birth.
  • n. A document issued to a person completing a course of study not leading to a diploma.
  • n. A document certifying that a person may officially practice in certain professions.
  • n. A document certifying ownership.
  • transitive v. To furnish with, testify to, or authorize by a certificate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A document containing a certified statement.
  • n. A document evidencing ownership or debt.
  • n. The information needed in order to verify a positive answer to a problem.
  • v. To supply with a certificate, especially following certification

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A written testimony to the truth of any fact.
  • n. A written declaration legally authenticated.
  • transitive v. To verify or vouch for by certificate.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a certificate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a general sense, a written testimony to the truth of something; a paper written in order to serve as evidence of a matter of fact.
  • n. In a more particular sense, a statement written and signed (usually by some public officer), but not necessarily nor usually sworn to, which is by law made evidence of the truth of the facts stated, for all or for certain purposes.
  • To give a certificate to, as to one who has passed an examination; furnish with a certificate: as, to certificate the captain of a vessel.
  • To attest, certify, or vouch for by certificate: as, to certificate a fact.
  • n. An official written representation that some act has or has not been done, or that some event has occurred, or that some formal legal requirement has been ful-filled.
  • n. A document used in the British custom-house by which certain goods formerly imported can be exported and the duties paid upon importation refunded.
  • n. The opinion of the court, signed by the judges, upon a question of law submitted to them by the chancellor for their decision.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
  • v. authorize by certificate
  • n. a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends
  • v. present someone with a certificate

Etymologies

Middle English certificat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin certificātum, something certified, from neuter of Late Latin certificātus, past participle of certificāre, to certify; see certify.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • However, at some later date, a man came to see Rosen and told him that the title certificate to the Ford was in Rosen's name and asked Rosen to sign an assignment of it to some other person.

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  • Apparently Rosen did not sign the title certificate dated July 23, 1936.

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  • From the builder, you would need a title certificate or a development agreement and a commencement certificate, which is provided by regulatory authorities permitting a builder to start work on a particular plot.

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  • This certificate is also in my official personnel file with the Costa Mesa Police Department, the Orange

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  • I'm sure the certificate is around here somewhere.

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  • UNITED STATES ARMY on the 11th day of June 1969 This certificate is awarded as a testimonial of Honest and Faithful Service

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  • I could prove in a moment that my marriage was legal, of course, the certificate is here, and the marriage was registered by the missionary, who has come back now and lives in the city.

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  • A diploma or certificate is given on graduation from university.

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