make certain

make certain see under ↑make1
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Main Entry:certain

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make certain phrase
to take action in order to be sure that something happens or to be sure that it is true
make certain (that):

You should call to make absolutely certain everything is in order.

Thesaurus: to become more definite, or to make something more definitesynonym
Main entry: certain

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[with clause] take action to ensure that something happens or is the case

I made certain that our paths would never cross again

establish whether something is definitely correct or true

he probably knew her, but it didn't do any harm to make certain

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make certain
: to do something or find out something so that you have no doubt about whether something is true, correct, will happen, etc.

Make certain (that) you lock the door when you leave. = Make certain to lock the door when you leave.

We must make certain [=make sure] this doesn't happen again.

She made certain she thanked each of them for coming.

— sometimes + of

Make certain of your flight times [=be sure that you definitely know your flight times] before you leave for the airport.

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Main Entry:certain

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • make certain (of) — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. make sure of, check into, find out, investigate; see examine 1 , guarantee 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • make certain — certify, validate, check out …   English contemporary dictionary

  • make certain (that … ) — make certain (that…) idiom to find out whether sth is definitely true • I think there s a bus at 8 but you d better call to make certain. Main entry: ↑certainidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • make certain of something doing something — make certain of sth/of doing sth idiom to do sth in order to be sure that sth else will happen • You ll have to leave soon to make certain of getting there on time. Main entry: ↑certainidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • make certain of of doing something — make certain of sth/of doing sth idiom to do sth in order to be sure that sth else will happen • You ll have to leave soon to make certain of getting there on time. Main entry: ↑certainidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • to make certain — • make sure • to make certain to ensure; to check or verify (also means to cause or make smth inevitable) …   Idioms and examples

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