ac·​cred·​it ə-ˈkre-dət How to pronounce accredit (audio)
accredited; accrediting; accredits

transitive verb

: to give official authorization to or approval of:
: to provide with credentials
especially : to send (an envoy) with letters of authorization
accredit an ambassador to France
: to recognize or vouch for as conforming with a standard
The program was accredited by the American Dental Association.
: to recognize (an educational institution) as maintaining standards that qualify the graduates for admission to higher or more specialized institutions or for professional practice
: to consider or recognize as outstanding
an accredited scientist
: attribute, credit
an invention accredited to the company's founder
accreditable adjective
accreditation noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of accredit in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web The Equipment Evaluation Committee (EEC) works with the National Testing Service (NTS) and USA Pickleball to accredit the equipment. Mason Leib, ABC News, 15 May 2024 None of these zombie universities are accredited or cleared to receive federal financial aid – hurdles that signal legitimacy. Chris Quintana, The Courier-Journal, 9 May 2024 These accrediting agencies also visit schools in person. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 Of the 240 county jails in the state, only five counties are accredited through the NCCHC. Nichole Manna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 May 2024 The organization also offers early childhood education through two child care centers that are nationally accredited and have the highest state ratings, four stars, through the Texas Rising Star quality and improvement program. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 May 2024 As the first Maldivian woman in the country accredited as a trainer of swim-and-snorkel instructors, Ms. Zoona knows this group has a vital role to play in expanding swimming access. Anne Pinto-Rodrigues, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 May 2024 The school district had been fully accredited before then. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 15 Apr. 2024 The staff has kept in touch with the zoo’s accrediting agency, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, throughout the process with Jameela. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History


probably borrowed from Latin accrēditus, past participle of accrēdere "to give credence to, believe, put faith in," from ad- ad- + crēdere "to entrust, believe" — more at creed

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of accredit was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Accredit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ac·​cred·​it ə-ˈkred-ət How to pronounce accredit (audio)
: to send with credentials and authority to act as representative
accredit an ambassador to France
: to certify as in agreement with a standard
an accredited school
: to give credit to
accreditation noun

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