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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To ascribe or attribute to; credit with.
  • transitive v. To supply with credentials or authority; authorize. See Synonyms at authorize.
  • transitive v. To appoint as an ambassador to a foreign government.
  • transitive v. To attest to and approve as meeting a prescribed standard. See Synonyms at approve.
  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To believe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To ascribe; attribute; credit with.
  • 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 put trust in.
  • v. To enter on the credit side of an account book.
  • v. To certify as meeting a predetermined standard; to certify an educational institution as upholding the specified standards necessary for the students to advance.
  • v. To recognize as outstanding.
  • v. To credit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction.
  • transitive v. To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate.
  • transitive v. To believe; to credit; to put trust in.
  • transitive v. To credit; to vouch for or consider (some one) as doing something, or (something) as belonging to some one.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide or send (envoys or embassadors) with official credentials
  • v. ascribe an achievement to
  • v. grant credentials to

Etymologies

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)

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