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Definition 1: established beyond doubt or question; definitely known - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where certain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 is similar to ...) known for certain

"it is definite that they have won"

(certain is similar to ...) impossible to doubt or dispute

"indisputable (or sure) proof"

(certain is similar to ...) absolutely certain

"it is sure as shooting that they will come"

(... are attributes of certain) something that is certain

"his victory is a certainty"

Definition 2: having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where certain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • felt certain of success
  • was sure (or certain) she had seen it
  • was very sure in his beliefs
  • sure of her friends

Synonyms for certain in the sense of this definition

(certain is similar to ...) persuaded of; very sure

"were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join" "I am positive he is lying" "was confident he would win"

(... are attributes of certain) the state of being certain

"his certainty reassured the others"

(... are attributes of certain) freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

"his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular" "after that failure he lost his confidence" "she spoke with authority"

Definition 3: certain to occur; destined or inevitable - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where certain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was certain to fail
  • his fate is certain
  • In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes
  • he faced certain death
  • sudden but sure regret
  • he is sure to win

Synonyms for certain in the sense of this definition

(certain is similar to ...) (usually followed by `to') governed by fate

"bound to happen" "an old house destined to be demolished" "he is destined to be famous"

(certain is similar to ...) (usually followed by `to') determined by tragic fate

"doomed to unhappiness" "fated to be the scene of Kennedy's assassination"

(certain is similar to ...) established or prearranged unalterably

"his place in history was foreordained" "a sense of predestinate inevitability about it" "it seemed predestined since the beginning of the world"

(certain is similar to ...) certain to get or have

"he knew he was in for a licking"

(means also ...) capable of being foretold

Definition 4: established irrevocably - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where certain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his fate is sealed

Synonyms for certain in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where certain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through
  • be sure to lock the doors

Synonyms for certain in the sense of this definition

(certain is similar to ...) exercising caution or showing care or attention

"they were careful when crossing the busy street" "be careful to keep her shoes clean" "did very careful research" "careful art restorers" "careful of the rights of others" "careful about one's behavior"

Definition 6: definite but not specified or identified - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where certain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 is similar to ...) precise; explicit and clearly defined

"I want a definite answer" "a definite statement of the terms of the will" "a definite amount" "definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol" "the wedding date is now definite" "a definite drop in attendance"

Definition 7: reliable in operation or effect - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where certain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a quick and certain remedy
  • a sure way to distinguish the two
  • wood dust is a sure sign of termites

Synonyms for certain in the sense of this definition

(certain is similar to ...) worthy of reliance or trust

"a reliable source of information" "a dependable worker"

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