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

Other Words from accredit

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

Choose the Right Synonym for accredit

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
Recent Examples on the Web But the only entity authorized to accredit demining efforts in Colombia was the Organization of American States. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2021 Another concern is using teams of employees from other labs to inspect and accredit their peers. Ellen Gabler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2021 Everything Matters Now, which details that global executives accredit 63% of their company’s market value to their company’s reputation. Fran Biderman-gross, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Labs pay the groups to do inspections and accredit them, with a stated goal of ensuring quality and keeping labs in compliance with government regulations. Ellen Gabler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2021 The Education Department doesn't individually accredit colleges. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 The school is seeking accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an authority that may accredit medical education programs, according to its website. Alex Golden, Arkansas Online, 4 Mar. 2021 Additionally, our nation needs a way to recognize and accredit alternative pathways to careers and help people access and pay for these programs. Suzanne P. Clark, Fortune, 9 July 2020 Many of its watches are subjected to that test, now accredited by the Federal Institute of Metrology in Switzerland, and are marketed as antimagnetic. Rachel Felder, New York Times, 1 May 2020 See More

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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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“Accredit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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