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CERTIFICATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does certificate mean? 

CERTIFICATE (noun)
  The noun CERTIFICATE has 2 senses:

1. a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
2. a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends

  Familiarity information: CERTIFICATE used as a noun is rare.


CERTIFICATE (verb)
  The verb CERTIFICATE has 2 senses:

1. present someone with a certificate
2. authorize by certificate

  Familiarity information: CERTIFICATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CERTIFICATE (noun)


Sense 1certificate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

certificate; credential; credentials; certification

Hypernyms ("certificate" is a kind of...):

document; papers; written document (writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "certificate"):

certificate of incorporation (state approval of the articles of incorporation of a corporation)

probate; probate will (a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate)

teacher's certificate; teaching certificate (a certificate saying that the holder is qualified to teach in the public schools)

registration (a document certifying an act of registering)

bill of health (a certificate saying that a departing ship's company is healthy (to be presented at the next port of arrival))

commission; military commission (an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces)

diploma; sheepskin (a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study)

birth certificate (a copy of the official document giving details of a person's birth)


Sense 2certificate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

certificate; security

Context example:

he held several valuable securities

Hypernyms ("certificate" is a kind of...):

instrument; legal document; legal instrument; official document ((law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "certificate"):

listed security (a security that has been accepted for trading by one of the organized and registered securities exchanges in the US)

letter security (a stock or bond that is not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and cannot be sold in the public market)

convertible; convertible security (a corporate security (usually bonds or preferred stock) that can be exchanged for another form of security (usually common stock))

proprietorship certificate (a certificate showing who is responsible in an individually owned business)

partnership certificate (a certificate showing the interests of all parties in a business partnership)

zero coupon security; zero-coupon security (a security that makes no interest payments but instead is sold at a deep discount from its face value)

bond; bond certificate (a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal)

tax-exempt; tax-exempt security (a security that is not subject to taxation)

stock; stock certificate (a certificate documenting the shareholder's ownership in the corporation)

scrip (a certificate whose value is recognized by the payer and payee; scrip is not currency but may be convertible into currency)

registered security (a security whose owner's name is recorded on the books of the issuer (or issuer's agent))

mortgage-backed security (a security created when a group of mortgages are gathered together and bonds are sold to other institutions or the public; investors receive a portion of the interest payments on the mortgages as well as the principal payments; usually guaranteed by the government)

agency security; government security (a security issued by United States government agencies or the Farm Credit System)

OTC security; over the counter security; unlisted security (a security traded in the over-the-counter market)


CERTIFICATE (verb)


Sense 1certificate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Present someone with a certificate

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "certificate" is one way to...):

award; present (give, especially as an honor or reward)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2certificate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Authorize by certificate

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "certificate" is one way to...):

authorise; authorize; clear; pass (grant authorization or clearance for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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