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Meaning & Definition of Certain in English





1. Definite but not specified or identified

  • "Set aside a certain sum each week"
  • "To a certain degree"
  • "Certain breeds do not make good pets"
  • "Certain members have not paid their dues"
  • "A certain popular teacher"
  • "A certain mrs. jones"
  • certain(a)

2. Having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty

  • Confident and assured
  • "Felt certain of success"
  • "Was sure (or certain) she had seen it"
  • "Was very sure in his beliefs"
  • "Sure of her friends"
  • certain(p),
  • sure

3. Established beyond doubt or question

  • Definitely known
  • "What is certain is that every effect must have a cause"
  • "It is certain that they were on the bus"
  • "His fate is certain"
  • "The date for the invasion is certain"
  • certain(p)

4. Certain to occur

  • Destined or inevitable
  • "He was certain to fail"
  • "His fate is certain"
  • "In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"- benjamin franklin
  • "He faced certain death"
  • "Sudden but sure regret"
  • "He is sure to win"
  • certain,
  • sure

5. Established irrevocably

  • "His fate is sealed"
  • sealed,
  • certain

6. Reliable in operation or effect

  • "A quick and certain remedy"
  • "A sure way to distinguish the two"
  • "Wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
  • certain,
  • sure

7. Exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance

  • "Be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"
  • "Be sure to lock the doors"
  • certain,
  • sure

Examples of using

It's difficult to root out certain prejudices.
Tom has a very bad reputation in certain quarters.
Tom was certain that he would recognize Mary when he saw her.