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Definitions of certain

  1. A certain number or quantity. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Unfailing; infallible. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Fixed or stated; regular; determinate. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Determined; resolved; - used with an infinitive. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; - sometimes used independenty as a noun, and meaning certain persons. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Sure; fixed or stated; dependable; indefinite, but known to the speaker; as, a certain city. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Sure: fixed: regular: some: one. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. CERTAINTY, CERTITUDE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Sure; fixed; regular; some. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Sure, as matter of fact, expectation, purpose, or the like. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Having a settled belief; assured; confident; positive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Indefinite; one; some. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Sure; assured; regular; fixed; one; some. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. Not doubtful; sure; that cannot be denied; unfailing; fixed or regular. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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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
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