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 accredit (audio) \ adjective
accreditation \ ə-​ˌkre-​də-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce accredit (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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "4 ways to close America’s huge racial ‘opportunity gap’," 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, "What to Do if Your Watch Is Magnetized," 1 May 2020 The company has raised nearly $16 million by selling its crypto tokens online to both accredited and unaccredited investors, the latter of which was made possible by an exemption allowed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego blockchain startup XY lays off 40 people, losing half its staff," 4 June 2019 The athletes then seal the samples and send them via overnight delivery to a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory for analysis. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "US is first country to start virtual drug tests on Olympic athletes like Katie Ledecky, Lilly King," 15 Apr. 2020 The Department of Education recognizes many groups that can accredit colleges, and universities sometimes have multiple options to choose from. Shelly Conlon, USA TODAY, "This college was accredited by a DeVos-sanctioned group. We couldn’t find evidence of students or faculty.," 15 Feb. 2020 He is assigned to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, a national group that accredits police departments across the country. Peter Marteka,, "Two South Windsor officers promoted to sergeant," 25 Nov. 2019 Roosevelt has submitted the acquisition request to the Higher Learning Commission, an institution that accredits and provides oversight to universities throughout the Midwest. Dawn Rhodes,, "Roosevelt University seeks to acquire Robert Morris University," 2 Oct. 2019 The agency that accredits Alaska’s universities is raising concerns that the University of Alaska has failed to meet critical accreditation standards, urging it to take immediate action. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Accrediting agency raises concerns that UA is failing to meet critical standards," 28 Sep. 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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“Accredit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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