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certificate

[n. ser-tif-i-kit; v. ser-tif-i-keyt] /n. sərˈtɪf ɪ kɪt; v. sərˈtɪf ɪˌkeɪt/
noun
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.
verb (used with object), certificated, certificating.
5.
to furnish with or authorize by a certificate.
6.
to issue an official certificate attesting to the training, aptitude, and qualification of:
to certificate a teacher.
Origin of certificate
late Middle English
1375-1425
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 forms
certificatory
[ser-tif-uh-ki-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /sərˈtɪf ə kɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
noncertificated, adjective
uncertificated, adjective
Can be confused
certificate, degree, diploma, license.
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Examples from the Web for certificate
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  • I had to supply a certificate for him so that he could be kept out of school.

    A Scout of To-day Isabel Hornibrook
  • This gentleman gave me a certificate, and, as I left him, handed me a dollar.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Ralph Cotter and others are reminded that one certificate admits to all branches of the Order.

  • See, see, Richard, here your mother has copied the hospital's certificate.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • The studies named above are not completed when the teacher has passed out of the training class with a certificate of graduation.

British Dictionary definitions for certificate

certificate

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
verb (səˈtɪfɪˌkeɪt)
3.
(transitive) to authorize by or present with an official document
Derived Forms
certificatory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French certificat, from certifiercertify
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Word Origin and History for certificate
n.

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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