certified check

a check bearing a guarantee of payment by the bank on which the check is drawn.

1875–80, Americanism

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certified check

a check containing certification that the person who issued the check has sufficient funds on deposit to cover payment 
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Example sentences
Payment should be made by money order or certified check.
Acquire a money order or certified check for the appropriate application fee.
From one of the letters dropped a certified check for five figures for a
  contract equal to five pages in the magazine.
Payment can be made with cash, money order, or certified check.
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