1. A written testimony to the truth of any fact; as, certificate of good behavior.
2. A written declaration legally authenticated.
Trial by certificate, a trial which the testimony of the person certifying is the only proper criterion of the point in dispute; as, when the issue is whether a person was absent in the army, this is tried by the certificate of the proper officer in writing, under his seal.
Cer·tif·i·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Certificated; p. pr. & vb. n. Certificating.]
1. To verify or vouch for by certificate.
2. To furnish with a certificate; as, to certificate the captain of a vessel; a certificated teacher.
n 1: a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
[syn: certification, credential, credentials]
2: a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to
finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive
interest or dividends; "he held several valuable
securities" [syn: security]
v 1: present someone with a certificate
2: authorize by certificate