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

  • n. Belief or confidence in the truth of something. See Synonyms at belief.
  • n. A reputation for sound character or quality; standing: It is to their credit that they worked so hard without complaining.
  • n. A source of honor or distinction: This exceptional athlete is a credit to our team.
  • n. Recognition or approval for an act, ability, or quality: gave them credit for a job well done.
  • n. Influence based on the good opinion or confidence of others.
  • n. An acknowledgment of work done, as in the production of a motion picture or publication. Often used in the plural: At the end of the film we stayed to watch the credits.
  • n. Official certification or recognition that a student has successfully completed a course of study: He received full credit for his studies at a previous school.
  • n. A unit of study so certified: This course carries three credits.
  • n. Reputation for solvency and integrity entitling a person to be trusted in buying or borrowing: You should have no trouble getting the loan if your credit is good.
  • n. An arrangement for deferred payment of a loan or purchase: a store that offers credit; bought my stereo on credit.
  • n. The terms governing such an arrangement: low prices and easy credit.
  • n. The time allowed for deferred payment: an automatic 30-day credit on all orders.
  • n. Accounting The deduction of a payment made by a debtor from an amount due.
  • n. Accounting The right-hand side of an account on which such amounts are entered.
  • n. Accounting An entry or the sum of the entries on this side.
  • n. Accounting The positive balance or amount remaining in a person's account.
  • n. Accounting A credit line.
  • transitive v. To believe in; trust: "She refused steadfastly to credit the reports of his death” ( Agatha Christie).
  • transitive v. To regard as having performed an action or being endowed with a quality: had to credit them with good intentions.
  • transitive v. To ascribe to a person; attribute: credit the invention to him. See Synonyms at attribute.
  • transitive v. Accounting To enter as a credit: credited $500 to her account.
  • transitive v. Accounting To make a credit entry in: credit an account.
  • transitive v. To give or award an educational credit to.
  • transitive v. Archaic To bring honor or distinction to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To believe.
  • v. To add to an account (confer debit.)
  • v. To acknowledge a contribution.
  • n. Recognition and respect.
  • n. Acknowledgement of a contribution, especially in the performing arts.
  • n. A written title shown with a film or video.
  • n. A privilege of delayed payment extended to a buyer or borrower on the seller's or lender's belief that what is given will be repaid.
  • n. A person's credit rating or creditworthiness, as represented by their history of borrowing and repayment (or non payment).
  • n. An addition to certain accounts.
  • n. A reduction in taxes owed, or a refund for excess taxes paid.
  • n. A source of value, distinction or honour.
  • n. An arbitrary unit of value, used in many token economies.
  • n. Recognition for having taken a course (class).
  • n. A course credit, a credit hour – used as measure if enough courses have been taken for graduation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Reliance on the truth of something said or done; belief; faith; trust; confidence.
  • n. Reputation derived from the confidence of others; esteem; honor; good name; estimation.
  • n. A ground of, or title to, belief or confidence; authority derived from character or reputation.
  • n. That which tends to procure, or add to, reputation or esteem; an honor.
  • n. Influence derived from the good opinion, confidence, or favor of others; interest.
  • n. Trust given or received; expectation of future playment for property transferred, or of fulfillment or promises given; mercantile reputation entitling one to be trusted; -- applied to individuals, corporations, communities, or nations.
  • n. The time given for payment for lands or goods sold on trust.
  • n. The side of an account on which are entered all items reckoned as values received from the party or the category named at the head of the account; also, any one, or the sum, of these items; -- the opposite of debit.
  • transitive v. To confide in the truth of; to give credence to; to put trust in; to believe.
  • transitive v. To bring honor or repute upon; to do credit to; to raise the estimation of.
  • transitive v. To enter upon the credit side of an account; to give credit for; ; to set to the credit of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To believe; confide in the truth of; put credence or confidence in: as, to credit a report or the person who makes it.
  • To reflect credit upon; do credit to; give reputation or honor to.
  • To trust; sell or lend in confidence of future payment: as, to credit goods or money.
  • To enter upon the credit side of an account; give credit for: as, to credit the amount paid; to credit the interest paid on a bond.
  • n. Belief; faith; a reliance on or confidence in the truth of something said or done: used both subjectively and objectively.
  • n. Repute as to veracity, integrity, ability, reliableness, etc.; right to confidence or trust; faith due to the action, character, or quality of a person or thing; reputation: as, the credit of a historian; a physician in high credit with the profession; the credit of the securities is at a low ebb.
  • n. Good repute; favorable estimation; trustful regard or consideration.
  • n. That which procures or is entitled to belief or confidence; authority derived from character or reputation: as, we believe a story on the credit of the narrator.
  • n. One who or that which brings or reflects honor or distinction.
  • n. Influence derived from the good opinion or confidence of others; interest; power derived from weight of character, from friendship, service, or other cause: as, the minister has credit with the prince; use your credit with your friend in my favor.
  • n. In com.: Trust; confidence reposed in the ability and intention of a purchaser to make payment at some future time either specified or indefinite: as, to ask or give credit; to sell or buy on credit.
  • n. The reputation of solvency and probity which entitles a man to be trusted in buying or borrowing.
  • n. In bookkeeping, the side of an account on which payment is entered: opposed to debit: as, this article is carried to one's credit and that to one's debit. Abbreviated Cr.
  • n. A note or bill issued by a government, or by a corporation or individual, which circulates on the confidence of men in the ability and disposition of the issuer to redeem it: distinctively called a bill of credit.
  • n. The time given for payment for anything sold on trust: as, a long credit or a short credit.
  • n. A sum of money due to some person; anything valuable standing on the creditor side of an account: as, A has a credit on the books of B; the credits are more than balanced by the debits.
  • n. A credible or credited report.

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

  • n. arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services
  • n. money available for a client to borrow
  • v. ascribe an achievement to
  • n. recognition by a college or university that a course of studies has been successfully completed; typically measured in semester hours
  • n. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
  • n. an entry on a list of persons who contributed to a film or written work
  • v. accounting: enter as credit
  • v. give someone credit for something
  • n. an estimate, based on previous dealings, of a person's or an organization's ability to fulfill their financial commitments
  • n. an accounting entry acknowledging income or capital items
  • n. used in the phrase `to your credit' in order to indicate an achievement deserving praise
  • n. approval
  • v. have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of


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

French, from Old French, from Old Italian credito, from Latin crēditum, loan, from neuter past participle of crēdere, to entrust.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

For verb: from Latin creditus, past participle of credere ("to believe, trust, confide")



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