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accredit

[uh-kred-it] /əˈkrɛd ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to ascribe or attribute to (usually followed by with):
He was accredited with having said it.
2.
to attribute or ascribe; consider as belonging:
an invention accredited to Edison.
3.
to provide or send with credentials; designate officially:
to accredit an envoy.
4.
to certify (a school, college, or the like) as meeting all formal official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, etc.
5.
to make authoritative, creditable, or reputable; sanction.
6.
to regard as true; believe.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; earlier acredit < Middle French acrediter. See ac-, credit
Related forms
accreditable, adjective
accreditation, accreditment, noun
preaccredit, verb (used with object)
reaccredit, verb (used with object)
reaccreditation, noun
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Examples from the web for accredit
  • The commission does not approve or accredit continuing education courses.
  • The law created national standards for organic foods and a federal program to accredit them.
  • We do not accredit programs or portions of programs dealing with marketing.
British Dictionary definitions for accredit

accredit

/əˈkrɛdɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to ascribe or attribute
2.
to give official recognition to; sanction; authorize
3.
to certify or guarantee as meeting required standards
4.
often foll by at or to
  1. to furnish or send (an envoy, etc) with official credentials
  2. to appoint (someone) as an envoy, etc
5.
(NZ) to pass (a candidate) for university entrance on school recommendation without external examination: there are six accrediting schools in the area
Derived Forms
accreditation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French accréditer, from the phrase mettre à crédit to put to credit
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Word Origin and History for accredit
v.

1610s, from French accréditer, from à "to" (see ad-) + créditer "to credit" (someone with a sum), from crédit "credit" (see credit). Related: Accredited; accrediting.

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