ac·​cred·​it | \ə-ˈkre-dət \
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 \ adjective
accreditation \ ə-​ˌkre-​də-​ˈtā-​shən , -​ˈdā-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for accredit


acclaim, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, salute, tout


knock, pan, slam

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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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Meanwhile, the United States has no ambassador accredited in Riyadh. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "America deserves to know how much money Trump is getting from the Saudi government," 12 Oct. 2018 The Illinois art schools are not currently accredited, having lost that status early this year when Dream Center assumed ownership. Dawn Rhodes,, "Faced with falling enrollment and federal scrutiny, for-profit art schools in Chicago, Schaumburg to close," 6 July 2018 The Akron Zoo is one of only about 230 zoos that are accredited to participate in the Species Survival Plan program, and works with 45 species, from Partula snails to snow leopards and white-winged wood ducks. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Akron Zoo welcomes 8-year-old snow leopard, Tai Lung," 4 May 2018 Most public, private and nonprofit higher education institutions are regionally accredited, while national and specialized accreditors tend to draw for-profit and trade schools. Erica L. Green, New York Times, "It Oversaw For-Profit Colleges That Imploded. Now It Seeks a Comeback.," 1 Apr. 2018 In Kansas there are only two ways to get a vaccine exemption for kids entering day care or accredited schools: medical reasons or religious reasons. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Here's where the JoCo measles outbreak started, and why health pros fear future cases," 30 Apr. 2018 For example, Ohio does not require fertility labs to be accredited, but California does. Ginger Christ,, "Florida health system furthers affiliation with Cleveland Clinic," 22 Mar. 2018 But Lagos state, which includes Nigeria’s largest city, has a Traditional Medicine Board that accredits and monitors practitioners. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Nigeria has more HIV-infected babies than anywhere in the world. It’s a distinction no country wants," 12 June 2018 The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) is a tax exempt organization which accredits more than 21,000 US healthcare organizations., "Healthcare regulation, too much and often wrong," 4 June 2018

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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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