Meaning of CERTAIN in English


/serr"tn/ , adj.

1. free from doubt or reservation; confident; sure: I am certain he will come.

2. destined; sure to happen (usually fol. by an infinitive): He is certain to be there.

3. inevitable; bound to come: They realized then that war was certain.

4. established as true or sure; unquestionable; indisputable: It is certain that he tried.

5. fixed; agreed upon; settled: on a certain day; for a certain amount.

6. definite or particular, but not named or specified: A certain person phoned. He had a certain charm.

7. that may be depended on; trustworthy; unfailing; reliable: His aim was certain.

8. some though not much: a certain reluctance.

9. Obs. steadfast.

10. for certain , without a doubt; surely: I know for certain that I have seen that face before.


11. certain ones: Certain of the members declined the invitation.

[ 1250-1300; ME certanus, equiv. to L cert ( us ) sure, settled ( cer- base of cernere to decide, + -tus ptp. suffix) + -anus -AN ]

Syn. 1. convinced, satisfied. See sure. 4. indubitable, incontestable, irrefutable, incontrovertible, obvious, plain, clear. 5. determined.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .