for certain


  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv for certain 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for their offspring
    • For certain assuredly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before roasting, some green coffee beans are stored for years, and experts believe that certain beans improve with age, when stored properly.
    • For certain assuredly
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  • William Shakespeare
    “I did send to you for certain sums of gold, which you denied me.”
  • Adam Smith
    “Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery, and you lose for certain; and the greater the number of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.”
  • Thomas Hood
    Thomas Hood
    “A certain portion of the human race has certainly a taste for being diddled.”
  • Bible
    “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. [1 Timothy 6:7]”
  • William James
    “If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. certuscern-ĕre, to decide.


In literature:

I owe much to M. Petit Dutaillis for certain kindly observations which I have taken into consideration.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
The last-mentioned play is known for certain to have been composed by the excellent comic actor, Richard Tarlton.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
For certain reasons this exploit was not counted.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
I do not know quite for certain when we leave this place, but I should think to-day week.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
Then his regret for the right, a certain exquisite appreciation of it, puts on an accent I know well how to recognise.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
For certain purposes you believe in free will, for others you do not.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
Naturally enough, the boy was elated over his success, for the shot was certainly an excellent one.
"Two Boys in Wyoming" by Edward S. Ellis
At Scottpore I employed an elephant for certain work, such as hauling heavy posts out of the jungle.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
He meets her in one of her walks, whereupon she addresses him and asks for certain rules to guide her conduct.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
It was certainly a factor in the life of Lafcadio Hearn, for he was once named the poet of myopia.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley

In poetry:

And when I could no more descry
The bird, I still could hear it;
For sight, but not for soul, too high,
Unseen but certain Spirit.
"The Owl And The Lark" by Alfred Austin
Run down the street and mount the hill
Just as the corn appears.
I’ve seen it rise at certain times
For years and years and years.
"The Old Horse In The City" by Vachel Lindsay
Ere you take Beauty for a prop,
Be certain that 'twill bear you up;
Or, if a fortune you'd obtain,
The road is pointed out most plain.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
Such changes are for us decreed;
Believers have their winters too;
But spring shall certainly succeed,
And all their former life renew.
"Waiting For Spring" by John Newton
"Who will tell us for certain
That winter is not at the other side of the mirror,
Obscuring our delights
And covering our hair with frost?"
"In Lukewarm Weather" by Edward Powys Mathers
“Turn thy lovely eyes to heaven,
Where the stars are beaming pale;
Thou canst tell me, then, for certain,
If the night begins to fail.”
"Aager And Eliza (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow

In news:

Nevada laws require certain immunizations for students in public and private schools to have their immunizations up to date for the new school year.
It's hard to say for certain, but if a global competition were to be held, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning.
Governor Christie said yesterday he would be open to certain halfway house legislation and would reconsider whether to renew his call for an income tax cut — backing slightly from two positions he has held firmly for months.
In other words, if you want to borrow money for a certain amount of time, you must pay a fee, called "interest," for the use of that money.
In certain cases, when your child takes antibiotics for an unrelated infection, the normal "good" gut bacteria are destroyed, making room for C.
Special Charitable Contributions for Certain IRA Owners.
IF IT LACKS a certain fuzzy warmth, " Kinsey " makes up for the shortfall with spirited and (for a commercial movie) amazingly candid vigor.
The US might for a certain term take a lease at 20 percent interest in rainforest land — or make an installment sale — for partnering with experts to show landowners how to harvest the rainforests many times more profitably (and sustainably).
The potential for the entire portfolio is exciting and certainly presents additional interesting opportunities for us to explore.
No one can say for certain why women seem to tear their knee ligaments earlier in life compared to men, Padua said, but it probably has to do with the body's development and movement patterns.
For 100 days of summer law enforcement officials will be sniffing drivers for a certain smell.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn vowed Wednesday to override the mayor's veto of a so-called " living wage " bill that would call for higher wages for certain building workers.
One thing is for certain, management takes time and work to be successful.
Hazan is certainly up for it, and for more.
While that sounds like great news, especially for certain markets , others continue to struggle.

In science:

Suppose, e.g., G = SU (2), then Airr = Aalm gen for simply connected base manifolds M and Aalm gen = A for certain M depending on the topology of the bundle P = P (M , G).
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
However, using simple current symmetries to obtain a mirror model should also work for some other cases, such as for certain Kazama--Suzuki models.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Next, it was found out that the homogeneity assumption cannot be accepted (with the confidence level 0.01) for certain samples of 3 and more days of regular observation and also for the sample constructed of total data.
Distribution of EAS arrival times according to data of the EAS-1000 prototype array
Due to the non-zero selection weights for all degrees, these equations do not suffer from the appearance of negative values for certain pd (t), and the algorithm always constructs a vertex cover.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
Investigations in this field have lead to a discovery that a plateau in the plot of the correlation dimension can be observed not only for chaotic deterministic processes but also for certain types of stochastic processes [14, 15].
Nonlinear analysis of EAS clusters