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1 to explain (something) as being the result of something else
  • accredits his good choice of movies to reading a reviewer who seldom steers him wrong

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2 to give official or legal power to
  • took a course that accredited her to teach first aid

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3 to declare enthusiastic approval of
  • generally accredited as the finest American dramatist of the postwar generation

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4 to give official acceptance of as satisfactory
  • thus far the board has refused to accredit the school

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How does the verb accredit differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of accredit are approve, certify, endorse, and sanction. While all these words mean "to have or express a favorable opinion of," 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

In what contexts can approve take the place of accredit?

The words approve and accredit are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, approve often implies no more than this but may suggest considerable esteem or admiration.

the parents approve of the marriage

When can endorse be used instead of accredit?

The words endorse and accredit can be used in similar contexts, but endorse suggests an explicit statement of support.

publicly endorsed her for Senator

When is sanction a more appropriate choice than accredit?

In some situations, the words sanction and accredit are roughly equivalent. However, sanction implies both approval and authorization.

the President sanctioned covert operations

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The first known use of accredit was in 1535

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“Accredit.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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