cer|tain1 [ `sɜrtn ] adjective ***
1. ) never before noun having no doubts that something is true: SURE:
I'm not absolutely certain, but I think I'm right.
certain (that): You can be pretty certain she's not going to like it.
certain who: We still can't be certain who is going to win.
certain of/about: I've never been more certain of anything in my entire life.
You don't seem too certain about it.
know/say for certain: I think I met her in 1985, but I can't say for certain.
─ opposite UNCERTAIN
2. ) definitely going to happen:
They face certain death if they are sent back to their home country.
Success is by no means certain.
be certain to do something: Interest rates seem certain to rise next month.
it is certain (that): It's not certain that this method would have worked.
certain of: Mexico is now certain of a place in the finals.
a ) definitely true:
One thing was certain: someone had been in his room.
b ) definitely known:
it is certain who: It's not yet certain who the driver of the car was.
make certain
to take action in order to be sure that something happens or be sure that it is true: MAKE SURE:
make certain (that): You should call the office to make absolutely certain everything is in order.
cer|tain 2 [ `sɜrtn ] determiner **
used for referring to someone or something without being specific about exactly what or who they are:
Certain basic rules must be obeyed.
There are certain things we need to discuss urgently.
a. SPOKEN used for referring to someone or something without saying their name, when you know that the person you are talking to knows who or what you are referring to:
A certain person is going to be there, so you might not want to come.
a certain
1. ) some, but not very much:
Did she detect a certain smugness in his tone?
a certain amount of something: A certain amount of fat in your diet is good for you.
2. ) used for talking about someone when you know their name but nothing else about them:
The owner of the house, a certain Mr. Brady, was reportedly living abroad.
cer|tain 3 [ `sɜrtn ] pronoun
certain of FORMAL
several specific people or things belonging to a larger group: SOME:
Certain of the criticisms made then are now widely accepted.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • certain — certain, aine [ sɛrtɛ̃, ɛn ] adj. et pron. • certan 1160; lat. pop. °certanus, de certus « assuré » I ♦ Adj. A ♦ Après le nom 1 ♦ (Possibilité) (Sujet chose) Qui est effectif sans laisser aucun doute, perçu directement ou établi par des preuves,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • certain — certain, aine (sèr tin, tè n ) adj. 1°   Qui ne peut manquer, faillir, tromper, en parlant des choses. Ce qui est certain Il est certain que.... Je n oserais donner pour certain que.... Tenir pour certain. Un espoir certain de salut. Je le sais… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • certain — CERTAIN, AINE. adject. Indubitable, vrai. En ce sens il ne se dit que Des choses. Cela est certain. La nouvelle est certaine. Il est certain. On tient pour certain. Faire un rapport certain. J ai eu un avis certain que. ... f♛/b] En parlant Des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Certain — Cer tain, a. [F. certain, fr. (assumed) LL. certanus, fr. L. certus determined, fixed, certain, orig. p. p. of cernere to perceive, decide, determine; akin to Gr. ? to decide, separate, and to E. concern, critic, crime, riddle a sieve, rinse, v.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • certain — et asseuré, Certus, Indubitatus. Certain de partir, Iam certus eundi. En certain temps, Rato tempore. Il est certain, Liquet, Certum, Non arbitrarium. Il n est rien si certain, Certo certius, B. ex Vlp. Pour certain, Nae, Nimirum, Plane, Verum… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • certain — CERTAIN, [cert]aine. adj. Asseuré, vray. Faire un rapport certain & assuré de quelque chose. des nouvelles certaines. On dit aussi, Estre certain de quelque chose, pour dire, En estre bien asseuré. Estes vous bien certain de cela? j en suis fort… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • certain — [sʉrt′ n] adj. [ME & OFr < VL * certanus < L certus, determined, fixed, orig. pp. of cernere, to distinguish, decide, orig., to sift, separate: see HARVEST] 1. fixed, settled, or determined 2. sure (to happen, etc.); inevitable 3. not to be …   English World dictionary

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  • certain — I (fixed) adjective absolute, assured, attested, certified, changeless, conclusive, confident, confirmed, decided, decisive, definite, determinate, determined, firm, guaranteed, incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable,… …   Law dictionary

  • certain — cer‧tain [ˈsɜːtn ǁ ˈsɜːrtn] adjective a sum certain LAW an amount of money that cannot be changed or have anything added to it: • a written order requiring the importer to pay a sum certain in the exporter s domestic currency * * * certain UK US… …   Financial and business terms

  • certain — adj 1 positive, *sure, cocksure Analogous words: *confident, assured, sanguine Antonyms: uncertain Contrasted words: *doubtful, dubious, questionable 2 Certain, inevitable, necessary are comparable when they mean bound to follow in obedience to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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