Certified-check meaning

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A check guaranteed by a bank to be covered by sufficient funds on deposit.
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A check for which a bank has guaranteed payment, certifying there is enough money on deposit to cover the check.
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A check guaranteed by the bank it is written on. When the check is certified, it becomes a legal obligation of the bank. The bank immediately deducts the funds to cover it from the depositor’s account. A certified check cannot bounce.
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(US) A check (cheque) for which the bank verifies that sufficient funds exist in the account to cover the check, and so certifies, at the time the check is written.
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