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[uh-kred-i-tid] /əˈkrɛd ɪ tɪd/
officially recognized as meeting the essential requirements, as of academic excellence:
accredited schools.
provided with official credentials, as by a government:
an accredited diplomatic representative.
accepted as authoritative:
an accredited theory.
Origin of accredited
1625-35; accredit + -ed2
Related forms
nonaccredited, adjective
unaccredited, adjective
well-accredited, adjective


[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.
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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  • The museum is the first in the nation accredited to offer a doctorate in its own name.
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  • It also includes references to supporting and related scientific research reports by accredited physicists.
  • Baseball's policy allows equal access to all accredited news media members.
British Dictionary definitions for accredited


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 accredited

"furnished with credentials," 1630s, past participle adjective from 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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