What is the meaning of certain?


  • Definite but not specified or identified.
    • usage: "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"
  • Having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured.
    • usage: "felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends"
  • Established beyond doubt or question; definitely known.
    • usage: "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 to occur; destined or inevitable.
    • usage: "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"
  • Established irrevocably.
    • usage: "his fate is sealed"
  • Reliable in operation or effect.
    • usage: "a quick and certain remedy"; "a sure way to distinguish the two"; "wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
  • Exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance.
    • usage: "be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through"; "be sure to lock the doors"
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