certificate ( certificates plural )
1 n-count A certificate is an official document stating that particular facts are true.
usu with supp
...birth certificates., ...share certificates.
2 n-count A certificate is an official document that you receive when you have completed a course of study or training. The qualification that you receive is sometimes also called a certificate. with supp To the right of the fireplace are various framed certificates., ...the Post-Graduate Certificate of Education.
birth certificate ( birth certificates plural ) Your birth certificate is an official document which gives details of your birth, such as the date and place of your birth, and the names of your parents. n-count
death certificate ( death certificates plural ) A death certificate is an official certificate signed by a doctor which states the cause of a person's death. n-count
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