For certain
Certain Cer"tain, a. [F. certain, fr. (assumed) LL. certanus, fr. L. certus determined, fixed, certain, orig. p. p. of cernere to perceive, decide, determine; akin to Gr. ? to decide, separate, and to E. concern, critic, crime, riddle a sieve, rinse, v.] 1. Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning. [1913 Webster]

To make her certain of the sad event. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

I myself am certain of you. --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

2. Determined; resolved; -- used with an infinitive. [1913 Webster]

However, I with thee have fixed my lot, Certain to undergo like doom. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact. [1913 Webster]

The dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. --Dan. ii. 45. [1913 Webster]

4. Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable. [1913 Webster]

Virtue that directs our ways Through certain dangers to uncertain praise. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Unfailing; infallible. [1913 Webster]

I have often wished that I knew as certain a remedy for any other distemper. --Mead. [1913 Webster]

6. Fixed or stated; regular; determinate. [1913 Webster]

The people go out and gather a certain rate every day. --Ex. xvi. 4. [1913 Webster]

7. Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; -- sometimes used independenty as a noun, and meaning certain persons. [1913 Webster]

It came to pass when he was in a certain city. --Luke. v. 12. [1913 Webster]

About everything he wrote there was a certain natural grace und decorum. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{For certain}, assuredly.

{Of a certain}, certainly.

Syn: Bound; sure; true; undeniable; unquestionable; undoubted; plain; indubitable; indisputable; incontrovertible; unhesitating; undoubting; fixed; stated. [1913 Webster]


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