Simple Definition of accredit
: 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
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
Examples of accredit
The association only accredits programs that meet its high standards.
The program was accredited by the American Dental Association.
The invention of scuba gear is accredited to Jacques Cousteau.
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
Synonym Discussion of accredit
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