credential

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adjective

cre·​den·​tial kri-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce credential (audio)
: warranting credit or confidence
used chiefly in the phrase credential letters

credential

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noun

1
: something that gives a title to credit or confidence
also : qualification sense 3a
the applicant with the best credentials
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credentials plural : testimonials or certified documents showing that a person is entitled to credit or has a right to exercise official power
a doctor's credentials
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credential

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verb

credentialed also credentialled; credentialing also credentialling

transitive verb

: to furnish with credentials
… to credential adequate academic performance …K. Patricia Cross
journalists who have been credentialed by the Secret Service

Examples of credential in a Sentence

Noun My experience as a manager is my strongest credential.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Unfortunately, this process can be confusing and may expose users to scammers and credential stealers. Davey Winder, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 PayPal Accounts Breached in Large-Scale Credential Stuffing Attack PayPal is sending out data breach notifications to thousands of users who had their accounts accessed through credential stuffing attacks that exposed some personal data. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 To get into legitimate accounts a bot may be designed to guess passwords, which is called credential cracking. Emma Fox, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2023 One such piece of equipment, called a credential authentication technology (CAT) scanner, is programmed to automatically match traveler's ID information to flight manifests. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 June 2022 Current versions of Desktop and Atom are unaffected by the credential theft. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 30 Jan. 2023 In August, Conway achieved the credential in two of the three EL areas. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2023 And less than a third of them — only 29% — were successfully earning a credential or degree. Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2022 According to a PayPal notice of security incident, attackers gained unauthorized access to the accounts of thousands of users between December 6 and December 8, 2022, using a credential-stuffing attack. WIRED, 21 Jan. 2023
Noun
Democratic congressional candidate Kristin Lyerly is holding up her medical credentials front and center in her bid for the seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher. Daniel Bice, Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2024 So did the onslaught of commentary dissecting her speech patterns, her looks, her clothes, her credentials, her performance in ways no man had ever faced. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 Local and state leaders are convening in Fort Worth this week to discuss two pressing issues within early childhood education: diversification of how pre-K is offered to families and improvement of the working conditions and credentials of early educators. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 In any case, says Hamilton, the present system—whereby credentials to high-value crypto wallets might be stored in bank vaults protected by armed guards—approaches the absurd. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 10 Apr. 2024 His credentials had been subject to repeat security reviews by the Russian government. Charles Maynes, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 Major employers and state governments have begun to drop bachelor’s degree requirements for many jobs – leaving room, potentially, for hiring candidates based on skills, not just credentials. Brandon Busteed, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Michigan Legislature:Effort by Michigan House staffers poses test to Democrats' pro-union credentials What happens next? Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 Look for services with verifiable credentials and a transparent track record of successful recoveries. Maria Williams, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024
Verb
Though many county chairs had attempted to credential delegates for both conventions, while a court ruling was pending, more than 20 only attempted to register for the Detroit convention. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 1 Mar. 2024 There are some, believe it or not, who would not credential Schlapp or CPAC as conservative. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 16 Oct. 2023 The hospital, Gardner said, had mismanaged its billing process, hadn’t updated its prices since 2018, and failed to credential new clinicians with insurance plans. Markian Hawryluk, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2023 Mary Sandy at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing said the agency must credential about 20,000 teachers a year to keep up with the staffing needs of districts across the state. Joe Hong, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 As attendees began lining up on the stairs lined with black candles by 10 p.m., the crowds were promptly credentialed and let inside. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, 27 Jan. 2020 TruNews was also credentialed for the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 22 Jan. 2020 The only constant is that a reporter or credentialed expert will authoritatively assert a theory as a fact and demonize those who disagree — only to be proven wrong tomorrow. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 28 Apr. 2020 The problem with the raid, however, was that the department sought the warrants without fully informing the judge that Carmody was a reporter even though he had been credentialed by the San Francisco Fire Department for 16 years. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

see credence

Noun

see credence

Verb

see credence

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of credential was in the 15th century

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“Credential.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/credential. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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