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Meaning of CERTAIN

Pronunciation:  'surtn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  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"
  3. [adj]  capable of being depended on; "a quick and certain remedy"; "a sure way to distinguish the two"; "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
  4. [adj]  established irrevocably; "his fate is sealed"

CERTAIN is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bound(p), careful, dependable, destined, doomed, fated, foreordained, in for(p), predestinate, predestined, reliable, sealed, sure
 Antonyms: uncertain, unsealed
 See Also: predictable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.]
    1. Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions
             To make her certain of the sad event. --Dryden.
             I myself am certain of you.           --Wyclif.
    2. Determined; resolved; -- used with an infinitive.
             However, I with thee have fixed my lot, Certain to
             undergo like doom.                    --Milton.
    3. Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.
             The dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof
             sure.                                 --Dan. ii. 45.
    4. Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.
             Virtue that directs our ways Through certain dangers
             to uncertain praise.                  --Dryden.
             Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
    5. Unfailing; infallible.
             I have often wished that I knew as certain a remedy
             for any other distemper.              --Mead.
    6. Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.
             The people go out and gather a certain rate every
             day.                                  --Ex. xvi. 4.
    7. Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or
       some; -- sometimes used independenty as a noun, and
       meaning certain persons.
             It came to pass when he was in a certain city.
                                                   --Luke. v. 12.
             About everything he wrote there was a certain
             natural grace und decorum.            --Macaulay.
    {For certain}, assuredly.
    {Of a certain}, certainly.
    Syn: Bound; sure; true; undeniable; unquestionable;
         undoubted; plain; indubitable; indisputable;
         incontrovertible; unhesitating; undoubting; fixed;
  2. \Cer"tain\, n.
    1. Certainty. [Obs.] --Gower.
    2. A certain number or quantity. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  3. \Cer"tain\, adv.
    Certainly. [Obs.] --Milton.
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