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

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 accredit an ambassador to France
b : to recognize or vouch for as conforming with a standard The program was accredited by the American Dental Association.
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 an accredited scientist
3 : attribute, credit an invention accredited to the company's founder

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Other Words from accredit

accreditable \ ə-​ˈkre-​də-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce accreditable (audio) \ adjective
accreditation \ ə-​ˌkre-​də-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce accreditation (audio) , -​ˈdā-​ \ noun

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Huff said the center is accredited by the Ohio Association of Senior Centers and is the first municipal center -- as well as the first in Northeast Ohio -- to achieve the accreditation. cleveland, "Rocky River Senior Center earns accreditation; new social services manager sought," 6 Jan. 2020 There are just over 50 black rhinos in the care of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which are aiding in rhino conservation efforts through the Species Survival Plan. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Rare black rhino born at Michigan Zoo on Christmas Eve," 26 Dec. 2019 There are about 50 black rhinos in the care of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums., "NEW YORK — Doppsee, a 12-year-old black rhino, presented a Michigan zoo and conservationists with an early holiday gift on Christmas Eve, delivering a newborn calf in a rare zoo birth for the endangered species.," 26 Dec. 2019 There are about 50 black rhinos in the care of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. New York Times, "Black Rhino Born at Michigan Zoo on Christmas Eve," 25 Dec. 2019 As of this year, the office is one of only two in the country accredited by both the National Association of Medical Examiners and the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, McGee noted in his statement. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Ramsey County’s longtime medical examiner to step down next year," 16 Dec. 2019 The birth was recommended by the Gibbon Species Survival Plan, a program that oversees breeding, transfers and animal management for gibbons at institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo said. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock Zoo welcomes baby gibbon," 16 Dec. 2019 Currently, there are only two certified masters accredited by the Japanese government living in Tokyo and Chiba prefecture, says Kuniko Kanawa, a professional Edo tsumami kanzashi artisan who lives in Maryland. Washington Post, "Easy-to-make flowers for traditional Japanese hair ornaments," 11 Dec. 2019 For almost 100 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange's year of adventure, fully accredited by CSIET - Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. Sam Boyer,, "There’s nothing quite like parenting a 3-year-old: Whit & Whimsey," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of accredit

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accredit

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

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15 Jan 2020

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“Accredit.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners 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

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