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English definition of “share certificate”

share certificate

noun [C]     (also stock certificate) FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
a legal document that states the number and type of shares you own in a company : If you want to be able to sell your shares when trading begins , you should request a share certificate . Most brokers will not accept a dealing request from a small investor until the company has issued the share certificate .
(Definition of share certificate noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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