Etymology
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certificate (n.)

early 15c., "action of certifying," from French certificat, from Medieval Latin certificatum "thing certified," noun use of neuter past participle of certificare "to make certain" (see certify). Of documents of certification, testifying to the truth of the facts stated, from mid-15c.; especially a signed document attesting to someone's authorization to practice or do stated things (1540s).

updated on October 29, 2017

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Definitions of certificate from WordNet
1
certificate (v.)
present someone with a certificate;
certificate (v.)
authorize by certificate;
2
certificate (n.)
a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts;
certificate (n.)
a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends;
Synonyms: security
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