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Definitions of certain

  1. established irrevocably; " his fate is sealed"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
  7. 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"
  8. Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning.
  9. Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.
  10. Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.
  11. Unfailing; infallible.
  12. Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.
  13. A certain number or quantity.
  14. Certainly.
  15. Determined; resolved; - used with an infinitive.
  16. Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; - sometimes used independenty as a noun, and meaning certain persons.
  17. Sure; fixed or stated; dependable; indefinite, but known to the speaker; as, a certain city.
  18. Sure: fixed: regular: some: one.
  19. CERTAINTY, CERTITUDE.
  20. Sure; fixed; regular; some.
  21. Sure, as matter of fact, expectation, purpose, or the like.
  22. Having a settled belief; assured; confident; positive.
  23. Indefinite; one; some.
  24. Sure; assured; regular; fixed; one; some.
  25. Not doubtful; sure; that cannot be denied; unfailing; fixed or regular.
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Usage examples for certain

  1. I'm certain he's never seen me before. – Warrior of the Dawn by Howard Carleton Browne
  2. If we follow your advice, it is certain death to them! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. One thing is now certain. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  4. The Sioux felt certain that they had gone to watch the buffaloes which they had killed. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor
  5. If she is saved, is it so certain that it will be for Citizen Bruslart? – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner
  6. He was certain she couldn't have heard about Mellon's death yet. – Unwise Child by Gordon Randall Garrett
  7. He was certain he would never know. – The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
  8. I think we'd better start, he observed, before a certain young man goes out of the window. – Sunny Boy in the Country by Ramy Allison White
  9. But I am certain of this, that you have made a mistake in coming. – The Professor's Mystery by Wells Hastings Brian Hooker
  10. Who can be certain? – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  11. Of the narrator's good faith I am certain. – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  12. It was him- it was him, I am certain! – Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston
  13. But Daniel never felt so certain of himself in his life. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  14. I cannot at this instant tell at what hour I can be certain to be alone; but will find out and let you know in the course of this day. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  15. " You're no longer certain of yourself. – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  16. I am not certain that we had any chance at all. – Dr. Jolliffe's Boys by Lewis Hough
  17. I cannot get on without you, nor any one else either; so that is very certain. – Salome by Emma Marshall
  18. I would almost say that to be certain about other people ... – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus
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