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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Galenia is accredited by the international affiliation of the Joint Commission, which sets hospital standards in the U.S. Phil Galewitz, Dallas News, "Need a knee replacement? This company pays employees to meet a doctor in Cancun," 13 Aug. 2019 Galenia is accredited by the international affiliation of the Joint Commission, which sets hospital standards in the United States. Phil Galewitz, New York Times, "A Mexican Hospital, an American Surgeon, and a $5,000 Check (Yes, a Check)," 9 Aug. 2019 Kepler’s degrees are accredited by Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), which runs one of the largest online universities in America. The Economist, "A booming population is putting strain on Africa’s universities," 8 Aug. 2019 Fairview Hospital is accredited by The American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (Percutaneous coronary intervention). John Benson,, "Fairview Hospital touts recent U.S. News & World Report rankings," 8 Aug. 2019 The Goldwater’s deepest foray into actual reporting came when Burdock and Fairbanks were accredited to cover the historic summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hosted in Singapore in June 2018. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 6 Aug. 2019 More: Springfield Township: Arts, development, and services focus in 2018 More: Column: The truth about township roads During his tenure, the township’s Fire/EMS Department was created, and the police department became nationally accredited. Jennie Key,, "Springfield Township administrator leaving March 23," 8 Feb. 2018 The school is a nonprofit Montessori school, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the American Montessori Society. Pomerado News, "After celebrating 30 years, Country Montessori School looking to the future," 8 Aug. 2019 The Florida company builds and designs its bulletproof backpacks and tests them at a facility accredited by the National Institute of Justice, a research branch of the Department of Justice. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Sales of bulletproof backpacks surged 200% – 300% in the wake of last week’s mass shootings, companies say," 8 Aug. 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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