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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Recent Examples on the Web In January 2018, the accreditor published a notification on its website stating that the two Dream Center schools were not accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. New York Times, "Emails Show DeVos Aides Pulled Strings for Failing For-Profit Colleges," 23 July 2019 This partnership with Jaxsta will help ensure our members’ repertoire is properly accredited, wherever in the world it is accessed and enjoyed. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Jaxsta, Merlin Sign Commercial Data Access Agreement," 9 July 2019 Similarly, investors must be accredited in order to purchase securities. Dan Adams,, "Galvin warns marijuana companies, investors over illegal offerings," 19 June 2019 The American Association of Tissue Banks has accredited seven non-transplant human tissue banks in the United States, and four of them, including Research for Life, are headquartered in Arizona. Stephanie Innes,, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 Our lab protocols have been inspected and accredited. ... Steve Almasy And Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Decades ago an Ohio couple used IVF to have a baby, but a new DNA test showed another man is the girl's father," 9 Aug. 2019 According to Gavrielle Kirk-Cohen, WAZA’s director of communications, the organization relies on its accrediting member associations to enforce their standards among their member zoos and aquariums. National Geographic, "Hundreds of zoos and aquariums accused of mistreating animals," 15 Aug. 2019 All four body donation companies known to be operating in Arizona are accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, which the Biological Resource Center was not. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "'Cooler filled with male genitalia' found in raid of Phoenix body-donation company," 19 July 2019 The agency's domestic-tiger concerns centered on pure subspecies, nearly all of which are now believed to live in facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, or the AZA., "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 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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5 Nov 2019

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The first known use of accredit was in 1535

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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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meddlesome, informal, or unofficial

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