certificate[sər tif′i kit; for v., -kāt′]
- The definition of a certificate is a document that states an official fact or shows completion of a program.
- An example of a certificate is a birth certificate.
- An example of a certificate is a document showing that you finished a training program.
- To certificate is defined as to verify and issue a document proving something.
An example of certificate is to examine an antique and verify its age and origins.
A certificate of marriage.
- a document certifying that one has met specified requirements, as for teaching
- a document certifying ownership, a promise to pay, etc.
Origin of certificateMiddle English and amp; Old French certificat ; from Medieval Latin certificatum ; from Late Latin certificatus, past participle of certificare, certify
- A document establishing the authenticity of certain details of an item, event, or transaction: a certificate of birth.
- A document issued to a person completing a course of study not leading to a diploma.
- A document certifying that a person may officially practice in certain professions.
- A document certifying ownership.
transitive verbcer·tif·i·cat·ed, cer·tif·i·cat·ing, cer·tif·i·cates
Origin of certificateMiddle English certificat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin certificātum, something certified, from neuter of Late Latin certificātus, past participle of certificāre, to certify; see certify.
(third-person singular simple present certificates, present participle certificating, simple past and past participle certificated)
- To supply with a certificate, especially following certification
From French certificat.
certificate - Legal Definition
- An official or sworn document that formally attests something to be true. Also called certification.
- A formal document certifying some interest, permission, right, or status granted to its bearer.