Quick answer
"Certificad" is a form of "certificar", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to certify". "Documento" is a noun which is often translated as "document". Learn more about the difference between "documento" and "certificad" below.
documento(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (text)
a. document
Dejé los documentos con toda la información en tu mesa ayer.I left the documents with all the information on your table yesterday.
2. (official paper)
a. documento
Necesitaremos ver el documento de matrícula del carro.We'll need to see the car's registration document.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Los solicitantes tendrán que presentar documentos que demuestren que carecen de los fondos necesarios.Applicants will need to provide documentary proof that they lack the required funds.
Al registrarse en un hotel, deberá presentar un documento que pruebe su identidad.When checking into a hotel, you'll need to present a proof of identity.
3. (testimony)
a. document
Estas fotos constituyen un documento único de la vida en Nueva Orleáns en el siglo XIX.These photos are a unique document of life in 19th-century New Orleans.
b. record
Ella veía la Biblia como un documento histórico más que un texto sagrado.She regarded the Bible as a historical record rather than a sacred text.
4. (computing)
a. documento
Guarda el documento en tu escritorio.Save the document to your desktop.
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certificar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to validate)
a. to certify
Por la presente se certifica que la Sra. Lucía Monte completó el curso de Maestría en Geografía en nuestra universidad.This is to certify that Ms. Lucia Monte has completed her MA in Geography at our university.
2. (to send by registered mail)
a. to register
Conviene certificar los paquetes si estás enviando algo valioso.It's a good idea to register parcels if you're sending something valuable.
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