American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To ascribe or attribute to; credit with.
- v. To supply with credentials or authority; authorize. See Synonyms at authorize.
- v. To appoint as an ambassador to a foreign government.
- v. To attest to and approve as meeting a prescribed standard. See Synonyms at approve.
- v. To recognize (an institution of learning) as maintaining those standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice.
- v. To believe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give credit or credence to; repose confidence in; trust; esteem.
- To confer credit or authority on; stamp with authority.
- Hence, specifically To send with credentials, as an envoy.
- To believe; accept as true.
- To ascribe or attribute to; invest with the credit of: followed by with.
- v. transitive To ascribe; attribute; credit with.
- v. transitive To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction.
- v. transitive To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate.
- v. transitive To believe; to put trust in.
- v. transitive To enter on the credit side of an account book.
- v. transitive To certify as meeting a predetermined standard; to certify an educational institution as upholding the specified standards necessary for the students to advance.
- v. transitive To recognize as outstanding.
- v. transitive, literally To credit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction.
- v. To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate.
- v. To believe; to credit; to put trust in.
- v. To credit; to vouch for or consider (some one) as doing something, or (something) as belonging to some one.
- v. provide or send (envoys or embassadors) with official credentials
- v. ascribe an achievement to
- v. grant credentials to
- French accréditer : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + crédit, credit (from Old French; see credit). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Webster's defines "accredit" to mean, to authorize; certify, to believe in; an attribute.”
“Hire professional journalists to "accredit" excellent citizen journalism and train citizen journalists.”
“* Refusing to accredit schools simply because they are for-profit; and”
“Children's Hospital has been accredited since 1986, the first year Pennsylvania had a process in place to formally review and accredit Trauma Centers.”
“For example, recently the New York State Forensic Science Commission was asked to accredit a unit of a police lab in duct tape comparison.”
“The person in charge of ensuring the security of the computer network that Bradley Manning worked on in Iraq was officially admonished earlier this year for failing to accredit and certify the system.”
“From regulating bodies being forced to accredit candidates who may not meet UK standards to the fact that there is no way for prospective employers to check an applicant's disciplinary history thoroughly, the EU is failing our patients.”
“An FDA official said that the agency might begin to accredit food inspectors, sometimes paid by industry, to supplement its inspections of imported food, including produce.”
“Still, disagreement persists about the best way to train and accredit bedbug dogs.”
“They include a system to accredit private-sector inspectors and to create a documentation system for suppliers.”
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