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[uh-kred-it] /əˈkrɛd ɪt/
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.
Origin of accredit
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 Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The public and some policy makers have a long list of expectations for accreditation these days.
  • accreditation is one of those crucially important public-policy issues that suffers from being boring.
  • Our provost is making us do this only so she can check off some box on her next accreditation report.
  • accreditation still performs a useful function as a proof that a school has reached a base level of competence.
  • Some argue that accreditation serves as a useful proxy to diminish the administrative burden of course review.
  • Unlike lawyers or doctors, chefs require no accreditation.
British Dictionary definitions for accreditation


verb (transitive)
to ascribe or attribute
to give official recognition to; sanction; authorize
to certify or guarantee as meeting required standards
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
(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 accreditation

1806, noun of action from accredit.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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