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 accredit an ambassador to Franceb : 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
accreditableplay \-də-tə-bəl\ adjective
accreditationplay \ə-ˌkre-də-ˈtā-shən, -ˈdā-\ noun
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
Origin and Etymology 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
ACCREDIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of accredit for English Language Learners
: 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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