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American English: /ˈsərtn/
British English: /ˈsəːt(ə)n/

Translation of certain in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (definite) they were heading for certain death a strike seemed certain
    una huelga parecía inevitable
    only death is certain
    lo único seguro es la muerte
    she made certain of a good seat by arriving early
    llegó temprano para asegurarse una buena localidad
    I'll make certain that he understands
    me aseguraré de que entienda
    it's not certain (that) they'll approve of the idea
    no es seguro que aprueben la idea
    one thing or this much is certain …
    de lo que no cabe la menor duda es de que …
    it is certain that the President knew
    se tiene la certeza de que el presidente lo sabía
    to be certain to + infinitiveit's certain to rain
    seguro que llueve
    she is certain to want to know why
    con seguridad querrá saber por qué
    seguro que quiere saber por qué
    Example sentences
    • A vote on this issue was withdrawn last week, as it was certain to be defeated.
    • It was wryly noted that the heavens had delivered the Scots from certain defeat.
    • It will be hard, and it may not ensure victory, but any other way is certain defeat.
    1.2 (convinced) (predicative) to be certain
    estar seguro
    he's quite certain about it
    está muy seguro or muy convencido de ello
    are you certain? to be certain of something
    estar seguro de algo
    are you quite certain (that) it's not dangerous?
    ¿estás seguro de que no es peligroso?
    I feel certain (that) it was a mistake
    tengo la seguridad or la certeza de que fue un error
    I checked the list to make certain (that) …
    revisé la lista para asegurarme de que …
    Example sentences
    • Whatever the future holds, the one thing he can be certain about is how much he will miss Blackburn Rovers.
    • Ella Lockett from Bassett Green admitted she wasn't certain about joining the group.
    • He is just as certain about this as he is about wanting to reach his sporting potential as an adult, not as a teenager.
    1.3for certain
    con certeza
    when will you know for certain?
    ¿cuándo lo sabrás con certeza?
    I can't say for certain
    no lo puedo decir a ciencia cierta
    she won't do that again, that's (for) certain
    no volverá a hacerlo, eso es seguro or de eso no cabe duda
  • 2 (particular) (before noun) it's only open on certain days/at certain times of day
    está abierto solamente ciertos días/a ciertas horas (del día)
    he has a certain something
    tiene un no sé qué or (un) algo especial
    he has a certain charm
    tiene un cierto encanto
    there are certain things you ought to know
    hay ciertas cosas que deberías saber
    a certain person refused to go
    cierta persona se negó a ir
    alguien que yo conozco se negó a ir
    a certain Jill Brown
    una tal Jill Brown
    a certain amount of envy is inevitable
    es inevitable que haya cierta envidia
    Example sentences
    • Depending on the status of the field only certain units may be able to operate from the area.
    • For every advanced feature added, I increasingly expect to be able to do certain things.
    • I'm not trying to sound like a saint, but we take for granted that we are healthy and able to live a certain way.


  • [formal] (+ plural verb) certain of his colleagues/her works
    ciertos colegas suyos/ciertas obras suyas
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