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Main Entry: 1cer·tain
Pronunciation: 's&r-t&n
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *certanus, from Latin certus, from past participle of cernere to sift, discern, decide; akin to Greek krinein to separate, decide, judge, Old Irish criathar sieve
Date: 13th century
1 : FIXED, SETTLED <a certain percentage of the profit>
2 : of a specific but unspecified character, quantity, or degree <the house has a certain charm>
3 a : DEPENDABLE, RELIABLE <a certain remedy for the disease> b : known or proved to be true : INDISPUTABLE <it is certain that we exist>
4 a : INEVITABLE <the certain advance of age> b : incapable of failing : DESTINED -- used with a following infinitive <she is certain to do well>
5 : assured in mind or action <I am certain they are right>
synonym see SURE
- for certain : as a certainty : ASSUREDLY <the cause is not known for certain>
- of a certain age : of a somewhat advanced age : no longer young <remembered by people of a certain age>

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Pronunciation Key
\&\ as a and u in  abut
\&\ as e in kitten
\&r\ as ur and er in  further
\a\ as a in ash
\A\ as a in ace
\ä\ as o in mop
\au\ as ou in out
\ch\ as ch in chin
\e\ as e in bet
\E\ as ea in easy
\g\ as g in go
\i\ as i in hit
I\ as i in ice
\j\ as j in job
\[ng]\ as ng in sing
\O\ as o in go
\o\ as aw in law
\oi\ as oy in boy
\th\ as th in thin
\th\ as th in the
\ü\ as oo in loot
\u\ as oo in foot
\y\ as y in yet
\zh\ as si in vision
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