verb (certifies, certifying, certified)[with object]
- 1Attest or confirm in a formal statement: the profits for the year had been certified by the auditors [with clause]: the medical witness certified that death was due to cerebral hemorrhageMore example sentences
- He certifies the statements made above are correct and complete.
- He was certified dead at Fairfield General Hospital.
- The man, in his early 20s, was certified dead at the scene.
- 1.1 (often as adjective certified) Officially recognize (someone or something) as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards: a certified scuba instructor board certified in obstetrics and gynecologyMore example sentences
accredit, recognize, license, authorize, approve, warrant
- Choke holds should be taught only by qualified and certified instructors.
- To do the review we wanted pathologists who were board certified and had extensive clinical experience, and we wanted to limit the number of reviewers to only a few.
- I was board certified in general surgery in 1991, and in plastic surgery in 1993.
- 1.2Officially declare insane.More example sentences
- With the exception of those who can be certified insane, these homeless people cannot be detained anywhere against their will.
- My husband and I have been happily married for 27 years and are known to be certified insane.
- Only four of the eighteen are, or have been, certified insane.
Middle English: from Old French certifier, from late Latin certificare, from Latin certus 'certain'.