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noun [C]
an official document that states that the information on it is true, and that is given to someone as proof that they are, have, or own something, or have permission to do something: Once a company is registered, notice of its certificate of incorporation must be published in a public newspaper. When you exercise the share option, you receive a certificate stating how many shares your cash fund has purchased. birth/death/marriage certificate
a qualification that you receive when you are successful in an examination, or have done a course of training: be awarded/have/hold a certificate in sth She holds a certificate in human resource management from San Francisco State University.
→ See also bank certificate, bearer certificate, bond certificate, charge certificate, delinquent tax certificate, deposit certificate, doctor's certificate, exemption certificate, fire certificate, gift coupon, insurance certificate, Land Certificate, medical certificate, practising certificate, share certificate, stock certificate, transfer certificate
(Definition of certificate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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