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.
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.
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
(transitive) to authorize by or present with an official document
1610s, past participle adjective from obsolete certificate (v.), from Medieval Latin certificatus, past participle of certificare (see certify).
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).
- Certificates of deposit
certificates of deposit (CDs) Bonds issued by banks and savings and loan associations to individual investors. CDs have terms ranging from a few months to several years; in general, the longer the term, the higher the interest rate that they bear. At the expiration of the term, investors may withdraw both the principal and the […]
the act of certifying. the state of being certified. a certified statement. the writing on the face of a check by which it is certified. Law. a certificate attesting the truth of some statement or event. noun the act of certifying or state of being certified (law) a document attesting the truth of a fact […]
a mark that certifies the origin, material, quality, mode of manufacture, accuracy, or other characteristic of a product or service: “UL” is a certification mark for appliances meeting the safety standards of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
having or proved by a certificate: a certified representative. guaranteed; reliably endorsed: a certified check. legally declared insane. committed to a mental institution. to attest as certain; give reliable information of; confirm: He certified the truth of his claim. to testify to or vouch for in writing: The medical examiner will certify his findings to […]