credit

noun
cred·​it | \ ˈkre-dit How to pronounce credit (audio) \

Definition of credit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : reliance on the truth or reality of something gave credit to everything he said Give no credit to idle rumors.
2a : the balance in a person's favor in an account
b : an amount or sum placed at a person's disposal by a bank
c : the provision of money, goods, or services with the expectation of future payment long-term credit also : money, goods, or services so provided They exhausted their credit.
d(1) : an entry on the right-hand side of an account constituting an addition to a revenue, net worth, or liability account
(2) : a deduction from an expense or asset account
e : any one of or the sum of the items entered on the right-hand side of an account
f : a deduction from an amount otherwise due
3a : influence or power derived from enjoying the confidence of another or others
b : good name : esteem also : financial or commercial trustworthiness
4 archaic : credibility
5 : a source of honor a credit to the school
6a : something that gains or adds to reputation or esteem : honor He took no credit for his kindly act.
b : recognition, acknowledgment quite willing to accept undeserved credit
7 : recognition by name of a person contributing to a performance (such as a film or telecast) the opening credits
8a : recognition by a school or college that a student has fulfilled a requirement leading to a degree
b : credit hour earned 15 credits last semester

credit

verb
credited; crediting; credits

Definition of credit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to trust in the truth of : believe find his story hard to credit
2 : to supply goods on credit to
3 archaic : to bring credit or honor upon
4a : to enter upon the credit side of an account
b : to place an amount to the credit of credit his account with ten dollars
5a : to consider usually favorably as the source, agent, or performer of an action or the possessor of a trait credits him with an excellent sense of humor
b : to attribute to some person They credit the invention to him.

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Synonyms for credit

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Noun

belief, faith, credence, credit mean assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance. belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer. my belief that I had caught all the errors faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof. an unshakable faith in God credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent. a theory now given credence by scientists credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof. gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness

influence, authority, prestige, weight, credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. influence may apply to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously. used her influence to get the bill passed authority implies the power of winning devotion or allegiance or of compelling acceptance and belief. his opinions lacked authority prestige implies the ascendancy given by conspicuous excellence or reputation for superiority. the prestige of the newspaper weight implies measurable or decisive influence in determining acts or choices. their wishes obviously carried much weight credit suggests influence that arises from the confidence of others. his credit with the press

Verb

ascribe, attribute, assign, impute, credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing. ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship. forged paintings formerly ascribed to masters attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe, less definiteness than assign. attributed to Rembrandt but possibly done by an associate assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation. assigned the bones to the Cretaceous period impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame. tried to impute sinister motives to my actions credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation. credited his teammates for his success

Examples of credit in a Sentence

Noun banks that extend credit to the public You need to have a strong credit history and a good job in order to get a mortgage. A credit of $50 was added to your account. All the credit must go to the play's talented director. She's finally getting the credit she deserves. He shared the credit with his parents. You've got to give her credit; she knows what she's doing. Verb Your payment of $38.50 has been credited to your account. The bank is crediting your account for the full amount. They credited the rescue to his quick thinking.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Banks and credit unions can also conduct a user experience audit to see what their customers and members see. Arcady Lapiro, Forbes, "Three Key Lessons Community Banks And Credit Unions Can Learn From Challenger Banks," 28 Apr. 2021 Americans will also be able to use credit cards, a prior restriction. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Cuba Fast Facts," 26 Apr. 2021 Many banks and credit unions are offering to help a person find a low-cost or no-cost bank account. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Why IRS needs homeless people, rural poor to file 2020 tax returns," 23 Apr. 2021 She was advised to her credit card companies to put a fraud alert on her credit cards. cleveland, "Neighbors argue over property line for fence installation: Bay Village Police Blotter," 23 Apr. 2021 This means figuring out how much of your monthly gross income goes toward paying off things like your student loans, credit cards, car payments, etc. Danielle James, Essence, "How To Buy A Home When You Don't Make A Lot of Money," 23 Apr. 2021 In addition to charges related to Cirello’s injuries, the pair are charged with felonies for allegedly producing fake credit cards and using another person’s identity. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trial ordered for couple accused of injuring El Cajon officer while fleeing," 22 Apr. 2021 Why credit unions are crucial to racial equity – Tim Chen (Commentary) Crazy or cutting edge? Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Is the Bitcoin bull run over?," 21 Apr. 2021 That likely means boosting their marketing efforts to convince consumers that MDIs' auto loans, credit cards, savings accounts and other services are competitive with other banks' offerings. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Neglected minority-owned banks now attracting billions in funding and donations," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, credit the 74-year-old Close for being willing to boogie shortly after losing out on an Oscar for the eighth time — a record among living performers. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: What was with that weird Oscar ending?," 26 Apr. 2021 The school policy was to credit full attendance to any student who logged in to class, in any form, for any portion of the class period. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "The missing students of the pandemic," 21 Mar. 2021 Sunderman may credit a late bus for a first-quarter outburst from the arc. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Badin girls basketball bombs Bishop Hartley early, hangs on for DII regional semi win," 3 Mar. 2021 Etergenio and Formeister both credit their friend Kerry Morin for making a lot of it happen. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Kindness goes viral: Southington woman’s little Facebook group helps hundreds of Connecticut children at Christmas," 24 Dec. 2020 Many people credit this steroid for President Trump's speedy recovery. Annette Bakker, Fortune, "COVID-19 could change clinical trials for the better," 12 Dec. 2020 Their calculations also credit automakers for the safety of their vehicles and companies that hire in areas of high joblessness. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Counting the Shareholder Out: When the Ruling Class Changes the Rules," 11 Dec. 2020 Epidemiologists and city officials credit the shutdown, along with orders to wear masks, for slowing the spread of Covid-19. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City’s Deadliest Day From Covid-19 Hit One Year Ago," 7 Apr. 2021 Janne does not credit the success of her account to advanced video editing skills or social media strategy – but rather to the sheer shocking and upsetting nature of Erik and Lyle’s testimony. Erin Murtha, ABC News, "The Menendez brothers are back in the zeitgeist thanks to teens on TikTok: Reporter’s notebook," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of credit

Noun

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for credit

Noun

Middle French, from Old Italian credito, from Latin creditum something entrusted to another, loan, from neuter of creditus, past participle of credere to believe, entrust — more at creed

Verb

partly from credit entry 1; partly from Latin creditus, past participle — see credit entry 1

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1 May 2021

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“Credit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/credit. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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credit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of credit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: money that a bank or business will allow a person to use and then pay back in the future
: a record of how well you have paid your bills in the past
: an amount of money that is added to an account

credit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of credit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to add (an amount of money) to a total
: to add money to (an account)
: to give honor or recognition to (someone or something) for doing something or for making something happen

credit

noun
cred·​it | \ ˈkre-dət How to pronounce credit (audio) \

Kids Definition of credit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : recognition or honor received for some quality or work A doctor was given credit for the discovery. She got extra credit for her report.
2 : the balance in an account in a person's favor
3 : money or goods or services allowed to a person by a bank or business with the expectation of payment later
4 : good reputation especially for honesty : high standing
5 : a source of honor or pride You are a credit to your school.
6 : a unit of schoolwork I took two credits in Spanish.
7 : belief or trust in the truth of something These rumors deserve no credit.

credit

verb
credited; crediting

Kids Definition of credit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give recognition or honor to for something The team credited their coach for the championship.
2 : to place something in a person's favor on (a business account) We will credit your account with ten dollars.
3 : believe sense 2 Don't credit a statement from a stranger.

credit

noun
cred·​it

Legal Definition of credit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : the balance in an account which may be drawn upon and repaid later — compare loan
b : the use of resources (as money) in the present obtained by the debtor's promise to repay the creditor in the future usually with interest as compensation to the creditor and often secured by a pledge of property or the right to attach the debtor's income in case of a failure to repay — see also consumer credit — compare debt
c : financial reputation to borrow money on the credit of the United StatesU.S. Constitution art. I
3a : a deduction from an expense or asset account
b : a reduction of an amount otherwise due especially : tax credit a credit for child-care expenses — compare deduction, exclusion, exemption

Legal Definition of credit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to supply goods on credit to
2 : to trust in the truth of
3a : to enter upon the credit side of an account
b : to place an amount to the credit of credit his account with ten dollars

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