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[n. ser-tif-i-kit; v. ser-tif-i-keyt] /n. sərˈtɪf ɪ kɪt; v. sərˈtɪf ɪˌkeɪt/
a document serving as evidence or as written testimony, as of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something.
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.
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.
to furnish with or authorize by a certificate.
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; 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
[ser-tif-uh-ki-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /sərˈtɪf ə kɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
noncertificated, adjective
uncertificated, adjective
Can be confused
certificate, degree, diploma, license. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for uncertificated
Historical Examples
  • You need only serve a year, or perhaps two years, as uncertificated teacher.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Besides, what had love to do with this Minister, who was uncertificated for matrimony?

    What Not Rose Macaulay
  • On the third day the uncertificated practitioner tied an earthworm to a thread and let it down the patient's throat.

    An Old English Home S. Baring-Gould
  • It was only that I heard he was uncertificated for marriage.

    What Not Rose Macaulay
  • Some villagers picked me up insensible, I was taken to the inn, and the nearest doctor—an uncertificated wretch—was summoned.

    Byways of Ghost-Land Elliott O'Donnell
  • You see, it is generally known that you are uncertificated for matrimony and parentage, if I may mention it.

    What Not Rose Macaulay
  • Families among the lower grades and among the uncertificated were thus drastically discouraged.

    What Not Rose Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for uncertificated


noun (səˈtɪfɪkɪt)
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
short for share certificate
verb (səˈtɪfɪˌkeɪt)
(transitive) to authorize by or present with an official document
Derived Forms
certificatory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French certificat, from certifiercertify
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uncertificated



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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