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verb (used with object)
  1. to ascribe or attribute to (usually followed by with): He was accredited with having said it.
  2. to attribute or ascribe; consider as belonging: an invention accredited to Edison.
  3. to provide or send with credentials; designate officially: to accredit an envoy.
  4. to certify (a school, college, or the like) as meeting all formal official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, etc.
  5. to make authoritative, creditable, or reputable; sanction.
  6. to regard as true; believe.
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Origin of accredit

1610–20; earlier acredit < Middle French acrediter. See ac-, credit
Related formsac·cred·it·a·ble, adjectiveac·cred·i·ta·tion, ac·cred·it·ment, nounpre·ac·cred·it, verb (used with object)re·ac·cred·it, verb (used with object)re·ac·cred·i·ta·tion, noun
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Related Words for accredit

assign, authorize, appoint, entrust, certify, empower, credit, charge, ascribe, refer, enable, okay, license, recognize, sanction, commission, endorse, approve, guarantee

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Historical Examples of accredit

  • If I want human evidence to accredit the word of God, it is not the word of God to me.

    The Great Commission

    C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh

  • He could not accredit man's professions, or endorse his pretensions.

    Notes on the book of Exodus

    C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh

  • All evil do I accredit to thee: therefore do I desire of thee the good.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Her appearance, if we are to accredit contemporary statements, must have been extremely singular.

  • The most obvious and palpable facts discredit these Judaists and accredit me.

British Dictionary definitions for accredit


verb (tr)
  1. to ascribe or attribute
  2. to give official recognition to; sanction; authorize
  3. to certify or guarantee as meeting required standards
  4. (often foll by at or to)
    1. to furnish or send (an envoy, etc) with official credentials
    2. to appoint (someone) as an envoy, etc
  5. NZ to pass (a candidate) for university entrance on school recommendation without external examinationthere are six accrediting schools in the area
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Derived Formsaccreditation, noun

Word Origin for accredit

C17: from French accréditer, from the phrase mettre à crédit to put to credit
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Word Origin and History for accredit


1610s, from French accréditer, from à "to" (see ad-) + créditer "to credit" (someone with a sum), from crédit "credit" (see credit). Related: Accredited; accrediting.

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