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Other Certificate Definition

[n] a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
[n] a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends; "he held several valuable securities"
[v] authorize by certificate
[v] present someone with a certificate

Misc. Definitions

\Cer*tif"i*cate\, n. [F. certificat, fr. LL. certificatus made certain, p. p. of certificare. See {tify}.]
1. A written testimony to the truth of any fact; as, certificate of good behavior.
2. A written declaration legally authenticated. {Trial by certificate}, a trial which the testimony of the person certifying is the only proper criterion of the point in dispute; as, when the issue is whether a person was absent in the army, this is tried by the certificate of the proper officer in writing, under his seal. --Blackstone.
\Cer*tif"i*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Certificated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Certificating}.] [See {Certify}.]
1. To verify or vouch for by certificate.
2. To furnish with a certificate; as, to certificate the captain of a vessel; a certificated teacher.

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