Authenticate vs Certificate - What's the difference?

authenticate | certificate |


As verbs the difference between authenticate and certificate

is that authenticate is to render authentic; to give authority to, by the proof, attestation, or formalities required by law, or sufficient to entitle to credit while certificate is to supply with a certificate, especially following certification.

As a noun certificate is

a document containing a certified statement.

authenticate

English

(Webster 1913)

Verb

(en-verb)
  • To render authentic; to give authority to, by the proof, attestation, or formalities required by law, or sufficient to entitle to credit.
  • To prove authentic; to determine as real and true; as, to authenticate a portrait.
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    certificate

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A document containing a certified statement.
  • A document evidencing ownership or debt.
  • (computing theory) The information needed in order to verify a positive answer to a problem.
  • Verb

    (certificat)
  • To supply with a certificate, especially following certification