Definition of accredit in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkredət/

verb (accredits, accrediting, accredited)

[with object] (usually be accredited)
1Give credit (to someone) for: he was accredited with being one of the world’s fastest sprinters
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  • I was so interested to learn that porcelain was discovered during the Ming Dynasty in China and that Marco Polo's team is accredited with bringing the skills of slip casting to the West.
  • He was accredited with introducing both Colin Wooley and Eddie Murray to that Newcastle side with Wooley eventually being signed by Newry Town.
  • Consumer hero Eddie Hobbs is accredited with pushing the topic of the Groceries Order to the fore when it was featured on his TV programme, ‘Rip Off Ireland’.
1.1Attribute (an action, saying, or quality) to: the discovery of distillation is usually accredited to the Arabs
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  • In his autobiography he accredits the story to Neil Collins, Bennett's Daily Telegraph counterpart.
  • And even though he rather sportingly accredited his success to the Sports Authority of India, the Ministry of Sports and the National Rifle Association, I have no doubt that he is a winner because of his own efforts.
  • Staff described the results as outstanding and accredited the success to single sex education.
2(Of an official body) give authority or sanction to (someone or something) when recognized standards have been met: institutions that do not meet the standards will not be accredited for teacher training
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  • If an applicant is pursuing a master's degree in another field, such as business administration, that undergoes a national accreditation process, the appropriate body must accredit the degree program.
  • Its remit was, and is, to develop and continuously improve the standards of good practice in franchising and to accredit franchisors that meet these standards.
  • It already helps to drive up standards, accredit courses and provide advice.
3Give official authorization for (someone, typically a diplomat or journalist) to be in a particular place or to hold a particular post: an ambassador accredited to a northern European country
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  • Less than half of the 4,000 international journalists accredited to attend actually turned up and, by the end of the summit, even those who did were looking elsewhere.
  • In fact, they were under much tighter control than any journalist accredited to the coalition forces.
  • England was due to arrive in Harare last night with only the Press Association, the Daily Mail, The Independent, the Daily Express, The Guardian and Reuters news agency accredited to cover the series.
official, appointed, recognized, authorized, approved, certified, licensed



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  • A letter from the accreditor made public by the university spelled out the ways in which it had not complied with accreditation requirements.
  • The accreditor issued the standards in response to ongoing criticism of the long hours required of many residents.
  • The scope of each accreditor is distinctive, and although accreditation practices are similar in many respects, significant variations should be noted.


Early 17th century (sense 2): from French accréditer, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + crédit 'credit'.

Words that rhyme with accredit

credit, edit, subedit

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Syllabification: ac·cred·it

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