Definition of certificate in English:



  • 1An official document attesting a certain fact, in particular.

    • ‘The terms of the letter are in my view at best equivocal as to whether or not a certificate had in fact been issued, when none was attached to the decision notice.’
    • ‘And who am I to argue as I am even presented with a certificate of guarantee that the trees are chemical-free?’
    • ‘In fact a certificate of authenticity written on the letterhead of the construction company has been revoked.’
    • ‘Officials from the National Police Administration told them that, in the absence of any such documentation, a certificate to attest to their statelessness was necessary.’
    • ‘Any football club also needs to obtain a licence from the Football Licensing Authority and a safety certificate from the local authority to ensure the ground is safe to host football.’
    • ‘Each piece, they are told, receives an official certificate which will enable them to be re-sold at three times the price in the tourists' home country.’
    • ‘In addition to the fabulous eye-turning Jersey, you'll receive a certificate of authentication that adds to the story and value of this treasured item.’
    • ‘Arms merchants, with the help of corrupt government officials, create certificates saying the arms are bound for legal buyers.’
    • ‘Traders in Waterfoot hit out at DEFRA'S new guidelines that rule all waste disposed of by business owners must be accompanied by a certificate of proof, showing how the waste was disposed.’
    • ‘When his father tells him that he thinks his son is mad, Zeno triumphantly informs him that, on the contrary, he has a certificate from the doctor attesting to his sanity.’
    • ‘Even if an engagement ring comes with a certificate authenticating the stone, this is no guarantee of the market value.’
    • ‘The cars will come with numbered certificates of authenticity, each signed by Sir Stirling Moss, a one - time Mercedes driver.’
    • ‘The IPPA certificate guarantees consumers that the retailer is independently audited and sells fresh Irish chicken with no added water or additives of any kind.’
    • ‘If you get the thumbs up, an official certificate will be mailed to you and you can start using the USDA Organic label.’
    • ‘Dowling has said that this written notice will also have to include an official certificate of ‘no claims bonus’.’
    • ‘There will only be 100 jerseys ever, and you will receive a special certificate of authentication.’
    • ‘The customer then receives a certificate attesting to the fact that its material has been shredded.’
    • ‘Once the companies implement the necessary improvements, they are granted a certificate attesting to their compliance with SA 8000.’
    • ‘Just because they offer a certificate of authenticity doesn't mean it's officially licenced.’
    • ‘Each item will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and an audio CD of the musical sequence.’
    guarantee, proof, certification, document, authorization, authentication, verification, credentials, accreditation, testimonial, warrant, licence, voucher, diploma
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    1. 1.1A document recording a person's birth, marriage, or death.
      • ‘In this case, Suri was born on April 18 but the certificate was not filed until May 8, 20 days later.’
      • ‘Gall read the document and discovered that the Army pathologist who signed the certificate had checked ‘homicide’ as the cause of death.’
      • ‘Moreover some of these physicians often issue a certificate of death before making a check up and ascertaining the cause of death.’
      • ‘In Grier's case, Brooke herself signed two days after her birth and the certificate was filed nine days after the baby was born.’
      • ‘The authors used data from police records, birth certificates, and certificates of fetal death from Utah between 1992 and 1999.’
      • ‘If the White Paper becomes legislation, paper certificates for births, marriages and deaths will be replaced in a few years by a central computerised database.’
      • ‘A certificate of death was said to be available, although there are questions about its authenticity.’
      • ‘Her power lies in her refusal even to ‘name’ him on her own certificate of birth.’
      • ‘The cause of death is not on the certificate, but we will be told early this week.’
      • ‘During 1993-2000 general practitioner A would therefore have been the practice doctor who signed off the most certificates for deaths in the nursing homes.’
      • ‘Bear in mind that medical reports and birth, marriage or other certificates may also be required by employers in your destination country.’
      • ‘It works by allowing people to find the index number for births, marriages and deaths so they can order copies of the certificates they need.’
      • ‘A short certificate of birth can then be issued.’
      • ‘Other parishes had to apply to him for certificates for marriage.’
      • ‘There was her mother and father's wedding certificate, and certificates of death.’
      • ‘Their birth has to be registered and certificates issued,’ he says with a tinge of regret.’
      • ‘Ever wanted to obtain a copy of a certificate of a birth, death or marriage?’
      • ‘However, as the legal proof showing the marriage relationship, the certificate is an important tool to protect one's legitimate rights.’
      guarantee, proof, certification, document, authorization, authentication, verification, credentials, accreditation, testimonial, warrant, licence, voucher, diploma
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    2. 1.2A document attesting a level of achievement in a course of study or training.
      ‘graduate certificate in information technology’
      • ‘Mr Wildman, along with the other graduates on the course, received his certificate in a special presentation on Wednesday 4 September.’
      • ‘Admission to any of the Govt-run Industrial Training Institutes in the State is no guarantee for a diploma certificate.’
      • ‘The study material and certificates for the ongoing course are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Madurai Midtown.’
      • ‘Jerry Lodge, a member of the board of management of PCAP, presented each of those who had attended the courses with certificates of achievements.’
      • ‘Anas said people who meet the minimum education requirements must show a copy of their certificates with an official seal from the high school to become legislative candidates.’
      • ‘The Sligo Institute of Technology is another third-level institute that offers a range of courses from certificate to degree level in marketing and sales.’
      • ‘I'll be getting my journalism certificate at the end of the year.’
      • ‘Eight women completed the course and received their certificates of achievement having reached the necessary standard.’
      • ‘Training course certificates can be collected during the evening.’
      • ‘In addition, she is an assessor in the Veterinary Nurse Training scheme and is also studying for her certificate in nursing exotics.’
      • ‘Paddy Browne said an additional attraction of the courses is the opportunity for graduates to progress to third level certificate and degree courses.’
      • ‘The 15 graduates who received their FETAC level 2 certificates on Thursday last are just some of the people who have benefited from the scheme.’
      • ‘Vikky Rose, 19, has worked there for seven months and has just qualified for her certificate and a diploma in childcare and education.’
      • ‘Also, students who successfully complete the third level certificate and diploma courses will have the option to progress to university degree level.’
      • ‘The level of work involved required huge commitment from the participants and this was recognised last week when the group received certificates of achievement to mark the final day of their course.’
      • ‘At the end of the course a certificate recognised by the National Childminders' Association will be issued.’
      • ‘She obtained her certificate through a home-study course from the University of Gloucester.’
      • ‘Those taking part in both the DJ and music technology workshops will get a certificate of achievement for successful completion of the programme.’
      • ‘A total of 317 students accepted Central Applications Office offers for third level certificate and diploma courses in agriculture and horticulture.’
      • ‘He has since achieved a certificate in drug awareness studies and is now training to be a counsellor.’
      guarantee, proof, certification, document, authorization, authentication, verification, credentials, accreditation, testimonial, warrant, licence, voucher, diploma
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    3. 1.3A document attesting ownership of a certain item.
      ‘a stock certificate’
      • ‘Most people realize that a certificate of stock gives you a percentage of ownership in the company.’
      • ‘A share certificate documenting payment and ownership such as we know today was not issued but was instead entered in the company's share register.’
      • ‘You receive a certificate of ownership, photos of your horse, notification of races and a chance to meet the horse, trainer and jockey at selected open days.’
      • ‘To the best of our knowledge the beneficial ownership is as per the share certificates already lodged with yourselves.’
      • ‘They claimed they own part of the site covered by Mr Docking's planning application and that he failed to notify them of his plans and incorrectly completed a certificate of ownership to state that he owned the whole site.’
      • ‘This program mandates the issuing of certificates of ownership for individual plots to be distributed amongst farm workers.’
      • ‘Consider storing valuable financial documents such as share certificates with your bank.’
      • ‘In short, these certificates acquired purchasing power on account of the fact that these certificates were seen as representative of gold.’
      • ‘The transfer agent will have a record of the name of the person on the stock certificate; ownership can then be transferred to your name.’
      • ‘Where he holds ordinary share certificates or stocks, the only security he may grant is a legal mortgage or an equitable mortgage or charge.’
      • ‘All you need to do is bring along two valid pieces of identification plus your share certificate.’
      • ‘Constable Lesage asked Mr. Spiering to produce his ownership and insurance certificates and his driver's licence.’
      • ‘The fact that a certificate is signed by an intermediary may not ring alarms for many users, assuming they ever bother to check what their little padlock icon has to say.’
      • ‘It was a curiosity that it was the second mortgagee who, in fact, produced the certificate of title to enable the registration of the mortgage.’
      • ‘One closes it with a taste of metal and a smell of paper, and a sense of that difference: between the machinery of production and the share certificates of ownership.’
      • ‘A custodian is responsible for everything arising from ownership of these certificates, including collecting dividends, voting at meetings, exercising rights and so forth.’
      • ‘A title certificate, that shows ownership, will be available, along with an identification number; it can be printed as needed.’
      • ‘She explained that keeping wild animals as pets, without a certificate of ownership, was ‘illegal and cruel’’
      • ‘There was a transfer recorded on the certificate of title.’
      • ‘McHugh says that it is very difficult to trade in the US as the majority of company shares have stopped trading in share certificates and will only execute deals electronically.’
      guarantee, proof, certification, document, authorization, authentication, verification, credentials, accreditation, testimonial, warrant, licence, voucher, diploma
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  • Provide with or attest in an official document.

    • ‘Reflexology foot massages and traditional Thai massages are now available, being performed by a masseuse trained at the world famous Wat Po School, as well as being certificated by the Thai Department of Health.’
    • ‘He was certificated sick for three months due to the very painful injuries he received.’
    • ‘All of the council's bailiffs are certificated by the County Court.’
    • ‘What the FAA has told us is that we would be permitted to use our ‘existing fleet’ of tow planes, for the life of those aircraft, provided that they were certificated as Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft.’
    • ‘Matters are further complicated by the SWRA apparently representing itself to the Certificating Officer as an associated body, the SW Provincial Employers Organisation, which is indeed certificated.’
    • ‘Furthermore, it was under continuous charter and, therefore, I infer properly certificated.’
    • ‘I have done my job and got some of the products finished and either on trial or certificated by a National body fit for purpose.’
    • ‘Stud rams when sold to another breeder are certificated.’
    • ‘In this, the 2,000 capacity north stand was operational for the first time after being completed, safety certificated and, crucially, SPL-approved last week.’
    • ‘It was determined that the airplane was properly certificated and equipped in accordance with federal regulations and approved procedures.’
    • ‘This means the aircraft currently used to tow hang gliders are eligible to be certificated as Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.’
    • ‘Sensitivity may have been lower because, conversely, some deaths from chickenpox may not be correctly coded or certificated, and we may have lost some.’
    • ‘You have to be certificated for that specific type of aircraft.’
    • ‘They know that the Dragon Fly has recently been certificated in Germany.’
    • ‘At present, the Desiros are operating under an interim certificate and will be fully certificated when they achieve 10,000 miles of fault-free running.’
    • ‘The International Organization for Standardization provides standards against which organisations or functions may be certificated by accredited auditors.’
    • ‘The first example was rolled out in May 1933 and the Department of Commerce extensively tested the machine but it was finally certificated to carry only six passengers.’
    • ‘They have absolutely no idea what the movies should be certificated as.’
    • ‘This has not prevented thousands of practitioners from being certificated to practice EMDR by Shapiro and disciples.’
    • ‘There is one compelling reason to consider certificating your aircraft as an ELSA sooner.’


Late Middle English (in the sense certification, attestation): from French certificat or medieval Latin certificatum, from certificare (see certify).