certain
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certain(
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tihn
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (definite)
a. seguro
What is certain is that technology will keep advancing.Lo que es seguro es que la tecnología seguirá avanzando.
2. (convinced)
a. seguro
I can't be completely certain, it's just a suspicion.No estoy completamente segura, es solo una sospecha.
3. (particular)
a. cierto
Certain things are better left unsaid.Ciertas cosas es mejor callárselas.
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certain
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sure)
a. seguro(a)
to be certain of somethingestar seguro(a) de algo
to make certain of somethingasegurarse de algo
for certaincon certeza
he is certain to comevendrá con toda seguridad
2. (particular)
a. cierto(a), determinado(a)
for certain reasonspor ciertos motivos
a certain personcierta persona
a certain Richard Sandersun tal Richard Sanders
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certain [ˈsɜːtən]
adjective
1 (convinced)
to be certain [+person] estar seguro; I'm certain he's hiding something estoy seguro de que está ocultando algo
to be certain about sth estar seguro de algo
to feel certain estar seguro
to be certain of sth estar seguro de algo
I am certain of it estoy seguro de ello
you don't sound very certain no pareces estar muy seguro
he felt certain that she would disapprove the older I get the less certain I feel about the future
2 (sure)
for certain
I can't say for certain no puedo decirlo con seguridad or a ciencia cierta; we don't know for certain what caused the accident no sabemos con seguridad or a ciencia cierta lo que causó el accidente; he's up to something, that's for certain trama algo, de eso no hay duda or eso es seguro
to make certain of sth asegurarse de algo
you should make certain of your facts debes asegurarte de que los datos son ciertos; to make certain that asegurarse de que; I wanted to make absolutely certain that this was the right number quería asegurarme del todo de que este número era el correcto; I made certain that he kept his promise me aseguré de que cumpliese su promesa
3 (definite, guaranteed) [+defeat, death, winner] seguro; [+cure] definitivo; [+fact] cierto; seguro
one thing is certain ... una cosa es segura ...; it is certain that ... es seguro que ...
it's almost certain that her husband is dead es casi seguro que or se tiene la casi completa seguridad de que su marido está muerto
the hospital is facing almost certain closure el hospital se enfrenta al cierre casi inevitable
it is far from certain that they can win this election no es ni mucho menos seguro or no está nada claro que puedan ganar estas elecciones
he has been there four times to my certain knowledge me consta que or sé con certeza que ha estado allí cuatro veces
in the certain knowledge that ... con la seguridad or certeza de que ...
nothing's certain in this world no hay nada seguro en este mundo
4
be certain to tell her no dejes or olvides de decírselo; he is certain to be there (es) seguro que estará allí; there's certain to be an argument con seguridad se producirá una discusión; (less formal) seguro que habrá una discusión; there's certain to be strong opposition to these proposals está garantizado que estas propuestas se enfrentarán a una fuerte oposición; the plans are almost certain to go ahead los planes se llevarán a cabo casi con toda seguridad
it is certain that this this decision would lose him many votes It now seems certain that the President will agree to sign the treaty It is almost certain that he will be elected It's not certain they'll accept the offer It remains far from certain that the scandal is over it is certain that he lived there for 2 years to my certain knowledge he married at least twice He's assassinated eighteen terrorists to my certain knowledge They decided not to support the proposal, in the certain knowledge that they will be outvoted Bush was able to make his announcement in the almost certain knowledge that the opposition does not have enough support to block the move in Congress he took the money inb the certain knowledge that nobody would discover it was missing for several days
5 (particular) cierto
on a certain day in May cierto día de mayo
a certain gentleman called
a certain Mr/Mrs Smith un tal Señor/una tal Señora Smith
of a certain age de cierta edad
in certain circumstances en ciertas or determinadas circunstancias
a certain number of people/years un cierto número de personas/años
a certain person told me that ... cierta persona me dijo que ...
she has a certain something tiene algo or un no sé qué
at certain times of the day/month/year en ciertos momentos del día/ciertos días del mes/ciertas épocas del año
6 (slight) [+impatience, bitterness, courage] cierto
there's a certain amount of confusion about the arrangements existe una cierta confusión or un cierto grado de confusión sobre los preparativos
to a certain degree or extent hasta cierto punto
there is a certain amount of jealousy/rivalry among the children
pronoun
ciertosasciertas (m) (f);as ciertas algunosasalgunas (m) (f);as algunas
certain of our leaders ciertos líderes nuestros; algunos de nuestros líderes
we noted certain of the points raised for further discussion at a later date certain of the instructions are misleading certain of his earlier etchings have survived
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