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  ( 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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