1. [syn: surely, certainly, sure, for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as shooting]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
To make her certain of the sad event. --Dryden.
I myself am certain of you. --Wyclif.
2. Determined; resolved; -- used with an infinitive.
However, I with thee have fixed my lot,
Certain to undergo like doom. --Milton.
3. Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.
The dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof
sure. --Dan. ii. 45.
4. Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.
Virtue that directs our ways
Through certain dangers to uncertain praise.
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
5. Unfailing; infallible.
I have often wished that I knew as certain a remedy
for any other distemper. --Mead.
6. Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.
The people go out and gather a certain rate every
day. --Ex. xvi. 4.
7. Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or
some; -- sometimes used independenty as a noun, and
meaning certain persons.
It came to pass when he was in a certain city.
--Luke. v. 12.
About everything he wrote there was a certain
natural grace und decorum. --Macaulay.
For certain, assuredly.
Of a certain, certainly.
Syn: Bound; sure; true; undeniable; unquestionable;
undoubted; plain; indubitable; indisputable;
incontrovertible; unhesitating; undoubting; fixed;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used
informally for `surely'); "the results are surely
encouraging"; "she certainly is a hard worker"; "it's
going to be a good day for sure"; "they are coming, for
certain"; "they thought he had been killed sure enough";
"he'll win sure as shooting"; "they sure smell good";
"sure he'll come" [syn: surely, certainly, sure,
for sure, for certain, sure enough, sure as