officially recognized as meeting the essential requirements, as of academic excellence: accredited schools.
provided with official credentials, as by a government: an accredited diplomatic representative.
accepted as authoritative: an accredited theory.

Origin of accredited

First recorded in 1625–35; accredit + -ed2
Related formsnon·ac·cred·it·ed, adjectiveun·ac·cred·it·ed, adjectivewell-ac·cred·it·ed, adjective



verb (used with object)

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for accredited

authorized, certified

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verb (tr)

to ascribe or attribute
to give official recognition to; sanction; authorize
to certify or guarantee as meeting required standards
(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
NZ to pass (a candidate) for university entrance on school recommendation without external examinationthere are six accrediting schools in the area
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 accredited

"furnished with credentials," 1630s, past participle adjective from accredit (v.).



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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