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accredit

verb ac·cred·it \ə-ˈkre-dət\

: to say that something is good enough to be given official approval

: to give (someone) credit for something

: to send (someone, such as an ambassador) to act as an official representative

Full Definition of ACCREDIT

transitive verb
1
:  to give official authorization to or approval of:
a :  to provide with credentials; especially :  to send (an envoy) with letters of authorization
b :  to recognize or vouch for as conforming with a standard
c :  to recognize (an educational institution) as maintaining standards that qualify the graduates for admission to higher or more specialized institutions or for professional practice
2
:  to consider or recognize as outstanding
3
ac·cred·i·table \-də-tə-bəl\ adjective
ac·cred·i·ta·tion \ə-ˌkre-də-ˈtā-shən, -ˈdā-\ noun

Examples of ACCREDIT

  1. The association only accredits programs that meet its high standards.
  2. The program was accredited by the American Dental Association.
  3. The invention of scuba gear is accredited to Jacques Cousteau.
  4. accredit an ambassador to France

Origin of ACCREDIT

Latin accreditus, past participle of accredere to give credence to, from ad- + credere to believe — more at creed
First Known Use: 1535

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

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