Definition of certificate in English:

certificate

noun

  • 1An official document attesting a fact.

    • ‘The customer then receives a certificate attesting to the fact that its material has been shredded.’
    • ‘In fact a certificate of authenticity written on the letterhead of the construction company has been revoked.’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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you get the thumbs up, an official certificate will be mailed to you and you can start using the USDA Organic label.’
    • ‘The cars will come with numbered certificates of authenticity, each signed by Sir Stirling Moss, a one - time Mercedes driver.’
    • ‘Once the companies implement the necessary improvements, they are granted a certificate attesting to their compliance with SA 8000.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just because they offer a certificate of authenticity doesn't mean it's officially licenced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will only be 100 jerseys ever, and you will receive a special certificate of authentication.’
    • ‘Arms merchants, with the help of corrupt government officials, create certificates saying the arms are bound for legal buyers.’
    • ‘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 item will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and an audio CD of the musical sequence.’
    • ‘Dowling has said that this written notice will also have to include an official certificate of ‘no claims bonus’.’
    • ‘Even if an engagement ring comes with a certificate authenticating the stone, this is no guarantee of the market value.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And who am I to argue as I am even presented with a certificate of guarantee that the trees are chemical-free?’
    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.
      ‘a birth certificate’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The authors used data from police records, birth certificates, and certificates of fetal death from Utah between 1992 and 1999.’
      • ‘Ever wanted to obtain a copy of a certificate of a birth, death or marriage?’
      • ‘In Grier's case, Brooke herself signed two days after her birth and the certificate was filed nine days after the baby was born.’
      • ‘There was her mother and father's wedding certificate, and certificates of death.’
      • ‘Other parishes had to apply to him for certificates for marriage.’
      • ‘Her power lies in her refusal even to ‘name’ him on her own certificate of birth.’
      • ‘Moreover some of these physicians often issue a certificate of death before making a check up and ascertaining the cause of death.’
      • ‘A certificate of death was said to be available, although there are questions about its authenticity.’
      • ‘However, as the legal proof showing the marriage relationship, the certificate is an important tool to protect one's legitimate rights.’
      • ‘Bear in mind that medical reports and birth, marriage or other certificates may also be required by employers in your destination country.’
      • ‘A short certificate of birth can then be issued.’
      • ‘Their birth has to be registered and certificates issued,’ he says with a tinge of regret.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The cause of death is not on the certificate, but we will be told early this week.’
      • ‘Gall read the document and discovered that the Army pathologist who signed the certificate had checked ‘homicide’ as the cause of death.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In this case, Suri was born on April 18 but the certificate was not filed until May 8, 20 days later.’
      guarantee, proof, certification, document, authorization, authentication, verification, credentials, accreditation, testimonial, warrant, licence, voucher, diploma
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    2. 1.2A document confirming that someone has reached a certain level of achievement in a course of study or training.
      ‘a university-accredited certificate’
      • ‘Eight women completed the course and received their certificates of achievement having reached the necessary standard.’
      • ‘Jerry Lodge, a member of the board of management of PCAP, presented each of those who had attended the courses with certificates of achievements.’
      • ‘Training course certificates can be collected during the evening.’
      • ‘The study material and certificates for the ongoing course are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Madurai Midtown.’
      • ‘He has since achieved a certificate in drug awareness studies and is now training to be a counsellor.’
      • ‘Also, students who successfully complete the third level certificate and diploma courses will have the option to progress to university degree level.’
      • ‘Paddy Browne said an additional attraction of the courses is the opportunity for graduates to progress to third level certificate and degree courses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, she is an assessor in the Veterinary Nurse Training scheme and is also studying for her certificate in nursing exotics.’
      • ‘A total of 317 students accepted Central Applications Office offers for third level certificate and diploma courses in agriculture and horticulture.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr Wildman, along with the other graduates on the course, received his certificate in a special presentation on Wednesday 4 September.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those taking part in both the DJ and music technology workshops will get a certificate of achievement for successful completion of the programme.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Admission to any of the Govt-run Industrial Training Institutes in the State is no guarantee for a diploma certificate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Vikky Rose, 19, has worked there for seven months and has just qualified for her certificate and a diploma in childcare and education.’
      • ‘I'll be getting my journalism certificate at the end of the year.’
      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 an item or the fulfilment of legal requirements.
      ‘a share certificate’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Constable Lesage asked Mr. Spiering to produce his ownership and insurance certificates and his driver's licence.’
      • ‘Where he holds ordinary share certificates or stocks, the only security he may grant is a legal mortgage or an equitable mortgage or charge.’
      • ‘Consider storing valuable financial documents such as share certificates with your bank.’
      • ‘A custodian is responsible for everything arising from ownership of these certificates, including collecting dividends, voting at meetings, exercising rights and so forth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A title certificate, that shows ownership, will be available, along with an identification number; it can be printed as needed.’
      • ‘Most people realize that a certificate of stock gives you a percentage of ownership in the company.’
      • ‘To the best of our knowledge the beneficial ownership is as per the share certificates already lodged with yourselves.’
      • ‘This program mandates the issuing of certificates of ownership for individual plots to be distributed amongst farm workers.’
      • ‘She explained that keeping wild animals as pets, without a certificate of ownership, was ‘illegal and cruel’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All you need to do is bring along two valid pieces of identification plus your share certificate.’
      • ‘In short, these certificates acquired purchasing power on account of the fact that these certificates were seen as representative of gold.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was a transfer recorded on the certificate of title.’
      guarantee, proof, certification, document, authorization, authentication, verification, credentials, accreditation, testimonial, warrant, licence, voucher, diploma
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  • 2An official classification awarded to a cinema film by a board of censors indicating its suitability for a particular age group.

    ‘an 18 certificate’
    • ‘The film boasts a 12A certificate and is released in cinemas on April 21.’
    • ‘The two men do, however, agree that the film did not merit the 18 certificate awarded by the British Board of Film Classification.’
    • ‘Restricted by a 12A certificate, the film lacks the raunchiness one would expect from the subject, or the sophisticated charm that might have proved its saving grace.’
    • ‘The film has a 15 certificate, being too ludicrous to be taken seriously.’
    • ‘It is debatable how far the certificate affected the film's box office takings.’
    • ‘The British Board of Film Classification has given the film an 18 certificate.’
    • ‘The censor Board has refused to renew the certificate of the film, since many of its scenes show Saibaba smoking.’
    • ‘This film, the certificate suggests, is proper, correct.’
    • ‘Next the Censor Board denied the film a certificate for a whole year until the Bombay High Court ordered that the film could be publicly screened without cuts.’
    • ‘It's weird that a film with a 12A certificate can get away with so much death.’
    • ‘It's tragic that the BBFC gave an adult certificate to an incredible film everyone should see.’
    • ‘Undeterred, he hatched a scheme for a Board Of Fringe Classification which would award 18 certificates to offensive shows.’
    • ‘In the end, councillors awarded the film a 15 certificate.’
    • ‘The real tragedy, though, is that the BBFC gave the film such a harsh certificate.’
    • ‘So anyway, I think cinema certificates should be legally enforceable, with very strict penalties, but they should refer to mental, not actual age.’
    • ‘If the advert is shown it must be seen by the Cinema Advertisers Association which will give it an age certificate similar to those awarded to films.’
    • ‘The council insists it cannot consider changing the certificate unless the cinema operators request it to do so.’
    • ‘‘Our duty is only to give certificates to films and cut objectionable portions,’ he told a TV news channel from Mumbai.’
    • ‘Mike Russell, culture spokesman for the SNP, said local councils issuing their own film certificates would set a dangerous precedent.’
    • ‘It was a conscious decision not to make a gory film, and we've got the 15 certificate as well, which is a new feeling for me.’

verb

[with object]British
  • Provide with or attest in an official document.

    ‘the amounts earned have to be certificated by employers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The International Organization for Standardization provides standards against which organisations or functions may be certificated by accredited auditors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All of the council's bailiffs are certificated by the County Court.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have to be certificated for that specific type of aircraft.’
    • ‘Stud rams when sold to another breeder are 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.’
    • ‘He was certificated sick for three months due to the very painful injuries he received.’
    • ‘There is one compelling reason to consider certificating your aircraft as an ELSA sooner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Furthermore, it was under continuous charter and, therefore, I infer properly certificated.’
    • ‘Sensitivity may have been lower because, conversely, some deaths from chickenpox may not be correctly coded or certificated, and we may have lost some.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

certificate

/səˈtɪfɪkət/