certificate Definition

  • 1an official document attesting a certain fact, in particular, achievement, qualification, or identity
  • 2a document that shows that you own shares in a company

Using certificate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "certificate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She received a certificate for completing the course.

  • Example

    The company issued stock certificates to its shareholders.

  • Example

    He presented his birth certificate as proof of citizenship.

  • Example

    The certificate of authenticity guarantees that the painting is genuine.

certificate Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with certificate

  • an official document stating the cause, date, and place of a person's death


    The death certificate listed the cause of death as heart failure.

  • an official document certifying that two people are married


    They had to present their marriage certificate to apply for a joint bank account.

  • a document that confirms the identity of a website or software publisher and verifies that it is safe to use


    Before downloading any software, make sure it has a valid security certificate.

Origins of certificate

from Old French 'certificat', past participle of 'certifier', meaning 'to certify'


Summary: certificate in Brief

A 'certificate' [sərˈtɪfɪkət] is an official document that attests to a certain fact, such as achievement, qualification, or identity. It can also refer to a document that shows ownership of shares in a company. Examples include a death certificate, marriage certificate, and security certificate. 'Certificate' is a formal term often used interchangeably with 'document' or 'instrument.'

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