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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Accredit \Ac*cred"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accredited; p. pr. & vb. n. Accrediting.] [F. accr['e]diter; [`a] (L. ad) + cr['e]dit credit. See Credit.]

  1. To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction.

    His censure will . . . accredit his praises.

    These reasons . . . which accredit and fortify mine opinion.

  2. To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate.

    Beton . . . was accredited to the Court of France.

  3. To believe; to credit; to put trust in.

    The version of early Roman history which was accredited in the fifth century.
    --Sir G. C. Lewis.

    He accredited and repeated stories of apparitions and witchcraft.

  4. To credit; to vouch for or consider (some one) as doing something, or (something) as belonging to some one.

    To accredit (one) with (something), to attribute something to him; as, Mr. Clay was accredited with these views; they accredit him with a wise saying.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To ascribe; attribute; credit with. 2 (context transitive English) To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction. 3 (context transitive English) To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate. 4 (context transitive English) To believe; to put trust in. 5 (context transitive English) To enter on the credit side of an account book. 6 (context transitive English) To certify as meeting a predetermined standard; to certify an educational institution as upholding the specified standards necessary for the students to advance. 7 (context transitive English) To recognize as outstanding. 8 (context transitive literally English) To credit.

  1. v. grant credentials to; "The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution"; "recognize an academic degree" [syn: recognize, recognise]

  2. provide or send (envoys or embassadors) with official credentials

  3. give credit for; "She was not properly credited in the program" [syn: credit]

Usage examples of "accredit".

I feel, however, that in view of the expansion and the growing importance of the administrative sphere of the Cause, the general sentiments and tendencies prevailing among the friends, and the signs of increasing interdependence among the National Spiritual Assemblies throughout the world, the assembled accredited representatives of the American believers should exercise not only the vital and responsible right of electing the National Assembly, but should also fulfill the functions of an enlightened, consultative and cooperative body that will enrich the experience, enhance the prestige, support the authority, and assist the deliberations of the National Spiritual Assembly.

We are led by the following considerations to think that Plato really meant to accredit the transmigration of souls literally.

Normally he would have taken it up with Franklin, the properly accredited minister to the Court, with whom he had never known the least discord.

Little could have delighted Adams more than the chance to show her the country that meant so much to him, where success had been his, where, as they both appreciated, he had helped change the course of history, and where he was still the accredited American minister, Congress having never bothered to replace him.

Probability assigns them to the SPEEDWELL, and they are needed to make her accredited number.

There is a possibility that Thomas Rogers and his son, Joseph, who are usually accredited to the Leyden company, were of the London contingent, and sailed from there, though this is contra-indicated by certain collateral data.

AFFM ninety-nine Will have more accredited participants than any of its predecessors since the event moved to Santa Monica.

Dyeing your hair to fit in with the antiquated dress codes rubbed me the wrong way, but part of being an accredited Necromance was presenting a united front to the world.

Being accredited meant being able to carry edged metal in transports, and I had never been so glad.

Indeed, the best accredited and most popular couples would take a start away from their companions and acquaintances, and ride ten miles or so to be married privately, and so escape all ceremony.

As an accredited representative of my government, I could hardly be accused of doing such a thing without conclusive proof.

The discovery of radium is chiefly accredited to a woman, and women have a few valuable inventions to their credit.

Furious at the cancellation of a tour which had taken a great deal of arranging and represented the first time in eight months of the war that a foreign officer had been able to get accredited to a unit in the field, Stilwell offered every kind of excuse almost to the point of insubordination to avoid going to Lanchow.

They were reported to be aggressively engaged in guerilla warfare against the enemy in the provinces of Shantung, Hopei, Shansi and north Kiangsu, although direct evidence was lacking because no foreigner accredited to Chungking was allowed to visit the area north of the quarantine line.

Lord and the handmaids of the Merciful, the accredited delegates to the Annual Convention of America, Chicago, Illinois.