General English

  • noun something necessary for a job, such as proof that you have completed a particular course of study
  • noun something which limits the meaning of a statement, or shows that you do not agree with something completely
  • noun being successful in a test or competition which takes you on to the next stage


  • noun a document or some other formal proof of the fact that someone has successfully completed a specialised course of study or has acquired a skill

Information & Library Science

  • noun proof that a person has passed examinations or reached a particular level of skill


  • noun a quality which makes a person suitable to do something
  • noun an official recognition of a standard of achievement, e.g. a degree or diploma


  • noun a limitation or exception to what has been said or written