verb (used with object)
to ascribe or attribute to (usually followed by with ): He was accredited with having said it.
to attribute or ascribe; consider as belonging: an invention accredited to Edison.
to provide or send with credentials; designate officially: to accredit an envoy.
to certify (a school, college, or the like) as meeting all formal official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, etc.
to make authoritative, creditable, or reputable; sanction.
to regard as true; believe.

1610–20; earlier acredit < Middle French acrediter. See ac-, credit

accreditable, adjective
accreditation, accreditment, noun
preaccredit, verb (used with object)
reaccredit, verb (used with object)
reaccreditation, noun Unabridged
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accredit (əˈkrɛdɪt)
vb (often foll by at or to)
1.  to ascribe or attribute
2.  to give official recognition to; sanction; authorize
3.  to certify or guarantee as meeting required standards
4.  a.  to furnish or send (an envoy, etc) with official credentials
 b.  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
[C17: from French accréditer, from the phrase mettre à crédit to put to credit]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, from Fr. accréditer, from à "to" + crédit "credit" (see credit). Pp. adj. accredited "furnished with credentials" is from 1630s. Related: Accreditation (1806).
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Example sentences
As you move up the administrative ladder, you will become increasingly involved
  with the world of accreditation.
Essentially, it is a way to ensure the inspections and accreditation process
  are working.
The health-care facilities citywide are shattered, according to a hospital
  accreditation official.
Accreditation and state-by-state regulation are also murky territory.
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