- The definition of accredit means to give someone or something an honor or to assign credentials.
An example of the word accredit is the assignment of credentials a college receives when it completes the periodic process of showing evidence of high quality instruction and rigor in its curriculum.
- Accredit is defined as to give recognition to someone.
An example of accredit is when an author includes the names of those who helped her when writing her novel.
- to bring into credit or favor
- to authorize; give credentials to: an accredited representative
- to believe in; take as true
- to certify as meeting certain set standards: colleges may be accredited by regional associations
- to attribute; credit: an action accredited to him
Origin: French accréditer, to give credit or authority ; from à, to plush crédit, credit
- accreditation noun
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transitive verb ac·cred·it·ed, ac·cred·it·ing, ac·cred·its
- To ascribe or attribute to; credit with.
- a. To supply with credentials or authority; authorize. See Synonyms at authorize.b. To appoint as an ambassador to a foreign government.
- a. To attest to and approve as meeting a prescribed standard. See Synonyms at approve.b. To recognize (an institution of learning) as maintaining those standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice.
- To believe.
Origin: French accréditer : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + crédit, credit (from Old French; see credit).
- ac·credˈit·a·ble adjective