[ uh-kred-it ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide or send with credentials; designate officially: to accredit an envoy.

  2. to certify (a school, college, or the like) as meeting all formal official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, etc.

  1. to make authoritative, creditable, or reputable; sanction.

  2. to regard as true; believe.

  3. to ascribe or attribute to (usually followed by with): He was accredited with having said it.

  4. to attribute or ascribe; consider as belonging: an invention accredited to Edison.

Origin of accredit

First recorded in 1610–20; earlier acredit, from Middle French acrediter; see ac-, credit

Other words from accredit

  • ac·cred·it·a·ble, adjective
  • ac·cred·i·ta·tion [uh-kred-i-tey-shuhn] /əˌkrɛd ɪˈteɪ ʃən/ noun
  • pre·ac·cred·it, verb (used with object)
  • re·ac·cred·it, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use accredit in a sentence

  • It is customary, however, to give the accrediting state an opportunity to recall its consul.

    International Law | George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker

British Dictionary definitions for accredit


/ (əˈkrɛdɪt) /

  1. to ascribe or attribute

  2. to give official recognition to; sanction; authorize

  1. to certify or guarantee as meeting required standards

  2. (often foll by at or to)

    • to furnish or send (an envoy, etc) with official credentials

    • to appoint (someone) as an envoy, etc

  3. NZ to pass (a candidate) for university entrance on school recommendation without external examination: there are six accrediting schools in the area

Origin of accredit

C17: from French accréditer, from the phrase mettre à crédit to put to credit

Derived forms of accredit

  • accreditation, noun

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