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


French, from Old French, from Old Italian credito, from Latin crēditum, loan, from neuter past participle of crēdere, to entrust.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
For verb: from Latin creditus, past participle of credere ("to believe, trust, confide") (Wiktionary)



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