Definition of cert in English:

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Pronunciation: /səːt/


British informal
1An event regarded as inevitable: of course Mum would cry, it was a dead cert
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  • Brian Sullivan, Sky's director of consumer products and services, said: ‘We believe it is pretty much a dead cert that it will take off.’
  • Morrissey and the Duranies are back in the charts; the 20th anniversary edition of Purple Rain was released last week; and Band Aid are already being tipped as a dead cert for the Christmas number one spot.
  • A mile is 80 lengths, and if it wasn't closing I could probably have gone to 100 although it's a dead cert I'd regret it tomorrow.
1.1A racehorse strongly tipped to win a race.
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  • His thumbs up, as far as the book trade was concerned, was like a nudge in the local about a dead cert in the 2.30 at Newmarket.
  • Big danger of her winning, but I'm still tipping Hungary, and for Malta to be a dead cert for top 4.
  • Obviously they're all dead certs, and if (sorry, I mean when) all six come in this afternoon, you'll win about a hundred thousand.
1.2A person regarded as certain to do something: the Scottish keeper was a cert to play
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  • Nevertheless, Mourinho still looks a dead cert for the top boss award since the panellists appear to have neither the imagination nor the inclination to look beyond the manager of the Premiership Champions.
  • The little chap is also a dead cert for This Morning with Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield because, according to The Sun, his people discovered a rather radical diet regime.
  • But then again, Coca-Cola UK chief Penny Hughes was heavily tipped in some of the papers as a dead cert for the chairmanship of Channel Four.


Late 19th century: abbreviation of certainty.

Words that rhyme with cert

advert, alert, animadvert, assert, avert, Bert, blurt, Burt, chert, concert, controvert, convert, curt, desert, dessert, dirt, divert, exert, flirt, girt, hurt, inert, insert, introvert, Kurt, malapert, overt, pert, quirt, shirt, skirt, spirt, spurt, squirt, Sturt, subvert, vert, wort, yurt

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