Definition of make certain in US English:

make certain


  • 1with clause Take action to ensure that something happens or is the case.

    ‘I made certain that our paths would never cross again’
    • ‘I told the person caring for him to make certain that coin went with him to his room.’
    • ‘If you do pull weeds, the only way to ensure the plant won't come back is to make certain the entire root system is removed.’
    • ‘This is all about ensuring, making certain that every legal vote counts.’
    • ‘As the manufacturer of one of the most popular vehicles out in today's roads and highways, the Ford Motor Company has made certain that they would ensure quality, safe, and reliable vehicles.’
    • ‘For tenants this is a new situation and great care must be taken to make certain that every factor is properly dealt with.’
    • ‘The duty on the company in this case was to ensure, ie to make certain, that persons are not exposed to risk.’
    • ‘At the beginning of class, the teachers made certain everyone had instructional materials and supplies as they ensured no one was left out.’
    • ‘And we have to make certain that we're properly taken care of from a defense perspective.’
    • ‘If you make up your mind to live from writing, it is prudent to make certain that your work is good, he added.’
    • ‘General Powell had learned his lesson from the Panama invasion and ensured not only media access but made certain the right kind of spokesman stood before the camera lens before the American audience.’
    make sure, ensure, see to it
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    1. 1.1 Establish whether something is definitely correct or true.
      ‘he probably knew her, but it didn't do any harm to make certain’
      • ‘It entails, for instance, making certain that a nearby aquifer can adequately support the local population's long-term water needs before tapping the source and constructing a water system.’
      • ‘The only useful use of Galileo is to make certain whether or not the football crossed the goal line!’
      • ‘He waited until all his children had grown up and left home before running for Council, and, even then, made certain his family was supportive of his foray into municipal politics.’
      • ‘He also examined her to make certain she could bear the child without suffering undo strain.’
      make sure, ensure, see to it
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