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verb ac·cred·it \ə-ˈkre-dət\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accredit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to consider or recognize as outstanding

  4. 3 :  attribute, credit

accreditableplay \-də-tə-bəl\ adjective
accreditationplay \ə-ˌkre-də-ˈtā-shən, -ˈdā-\ noun

Examples of accredit in a sentence

  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

Synonym Discussion of accredit

approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or express a favorable opinion of. approve often implies no more than this but may suggest considerable esteem or admiration <the parents approve of the marriage>. endorse suggests an explicit statement of support <publicly endorsed her for Senator>. sanction implies both approval and authorization <the President sanctioned covert operations>. accredit and certify usually imply official endorsement attesting to conformity to set standards <the board voted to accredit the college> <must be certified to teach>.

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