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credit

noun

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1 the right to take possession of goods before paying for them
  • because of their reputation for not paying their bills, no store will extend the family credit

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2 an asset that brings praise or renown
  • your intelligence and dedication are a credit to you, our choice for teacher of the year

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3 mental conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon
  • I give full credit to this report on the prevalence of cheating among college students today

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4 public acknowledgment or admiration for an achievement
  • she deserves all the credit, since she did all the work

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5 the power to direct the thinking or behavior of others usually indirectly
  • despite his legal woes, he has not yet lost all his credit with the administration in the White House

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credit

verb

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1 to explain (something) as being the result of something else
  • has to credit his success in picking winning lottery numbers to pure luck

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2 to regard as right or true
  • I simply cannot credit that story about the boy who was supposedly raised by wolves

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Frequently Asked Questions About credit

How is the word credit different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of credit are belief, credence, and faith. While all these words mean "assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance," credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof.

gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness

When might belief be a better fit than credit?

The meanings of belief and credit largely overlap; however, belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer.

my belief that I had caught all the errors

When is it sensible to use credence instead of credit?

Although the words credence and credit have much in common, credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent.

a theory now given credence by scientists

When is faith a more appropriate choice than credit?

The words faith and credit can be used in similar contexts, but faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof.

an unshakable faith in God

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The first known use of credit was in 1529

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28 May 2020

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“Credit.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/credit. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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