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 \ -​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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Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Kelsey-Seybold Clinic joins ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program," 12 July 2019 The Dakota County Technical program was accredited in 2017 and next summer will move into new space on the Rosemount campus. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "When Argosy U closed, students felt they lost everything. How other schools rushed to help them pick up the pieces.," 23 June 2019 The government doesn’t directly accredit schools, but the Department of Education does decide who is and isn’t fit to be an accreditor. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "A worthless degree? Betsy DeVos wants to change rules for which colleges stay open, close," 21 June 2019 The level of media coverage is unmatched, as well: There are 108 journalists accredited from the United States, according to FIFA, including a couple of dozen dedicated to documenting the Americans’ every move. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "U.S. Might Be the World Cup’s Best Team. It Is Definitely the Best Draw.," 20 June 2019 Camps that are regulated and accredited with the association do their due diligence to track medical records and make sure campers are not at a heightened risk of infectious diseases. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Summer camps are requiring children get vaccinated amid measles fears," 19 June 2019 Facilities don't need to be accredited with the American Association of Tissue Banks, a 43-year-old nonprofit organization with health and safety standards for body donation entities. Stephanie Innes,, "Despite 2-year-old state law, Arizona's body donation industry still unregulated," 10 June 2019 Their plan would require sheriffs to have a two-year or four-year degree in criminal justice or law enforcement from a nationally accredited institution. Courtney Astolfi,, "Alternate plan would keep Cuyahoga County sheriff as appointed position, but give County Council more oversight," 21 June 2019 Membership requires the sanctuaries be USDA licensed, accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries or certified by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, among many guidelines. NBC News, "More research labs are retiring rather than euthanizing monkeys when studies finish," 14 June 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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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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