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1‘I'm certain he's guilty’
sure, confident, positive, convinced, in no doubt, unshaken in one's belief, secure in one's belief, easy in one's mind, satisfied, assured, persuaded
have no doubt, not question, hold the unwavering view
2‘it is certain that more changes are in the offing’
unquestionable, sure, definite, beyond question, not in question, not in doubt, beyond doubt, unequivocal, indubitable, undeniable, irrefutable, indisputable, incontrovertible, incontestable, obvious, patent, manifest, evident, plain, clear, transparent, palpable, unmistakable, conclusive, recognized, confirmed, accepted, acknowledged, undisputed, undoubted, unquestioned, unchallenged, uncontested
there are no two ways about it
informal as sure as eggs is eggs
unthinkable, doubtful, possible
3‘they are certain to win’
sure, very likely, bound, destined, predestined, fated, trusted, assured of doing something
British informal nailed on
4‘Pakistan's lead of 380 runs meant certain success’
inevitable, assured, destined, predestined, fated
reliable, unavoidable, inescapable, automatic, bound to happen, sure to happen, unpreventable, inexorable, ineluctable, predictable, necessary, out of one's hands
informal in the bag
5‘there is no certain cure for this’
reliable, dependable, trustworthy, sound, foolproof, tested, tried and tested, effective, efficacious, guaranteed, sure, unfailing, infallible, unerring
6‘a certain sum of money is required’
determined, definite, fixed, established, precise, defined, exact, explicit, express
7‘a certain lady that you know’
particular, specific, individual, special, especial
nameless, undifferentiated, general
8‘to a certain extent that is true’
moderate, modest, medium, middling, unexceptional
tolerable, passable, adequate, fair, decent, acceptable
‘make certain that storage and access areas are of adequate size for any power equipment used’
make sure, ensure, see to it
confirm, check, verify, corroborate, establish
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