Definition of certificate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//səˈtɪfɪkət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sərˈtɪfɪkət//
    (abbreviation cert.) Marriage
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  1. 1  an official document that may be used to prove that the facts it states are true a birth/marriage/death certificate See related entries: Marriage
  2. 2  an official document proving that you have completed a course of study or passed an exam; a qualification obtained after a course of study or an exam a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (= a British qualification for teachers)
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘certification’): from French certificat or medieval Latin certificatum, from certificare, from Latin certus ‘certain’. Wordfinderagreement, binding, certificate, clause, deed, document, draft, draw up, subsection, witness Wordfinderapprentice, certificate, coaching, college, course, intern, probation, qualify, training, work experienceExtra examples The police are waiting for the doctor to issue a death certificate. a certificate of authenticity a certificate of motor insurance Everyone entering the country needs to show a health certificate. She showed her certificate of insurance. This certificate is an important document. Keep it in a safe place. a birth/​marriage/​death certificate