accredit (third-person singular simple present accredits, present participle accrediting, simple past and past participle accredited)
1.to ascribe or attribute to (usually followed by with), He was accredited with having said it.
2.to attribute or ascribe; consider as belonging, an invention accredited to Edison.
3.to provide or send with credentials; designate officially, to accredit an envoy.
4.to certify (a school, college, or the like) as meeting all formal official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, etc.
5.to make authoritative, creditable, or reputable; sanction.
6.to regard as true; believe.
1. to ascribe or attribute
2. to give official recognition to; sanction; authorize
3. to certify or guarantee as meeting required standards
4. often foll by at or to to furnish or send (an envoy, etc) with official credentials to appoint (someone) as an envoy, etc
5. (NZ) to pass (a candidate) for university entrance on school recommendation without external examination, there are six accrediting schools in the area Derived Formsaccreditation, noun Word OriginC17, from French accréditer, from the phrase mettre à crédit to put to creditCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1610s, from French accréditer, from à "to" (see ad-) + créditer "to credit" (someone with a sum), from crédit "credit" (see credit). Related, Accredited; accrediting.
It is singular enough that Glanvill who had not only shown, but even exaggerated, the infirmity of human reason, himself provided an example of its weakness; for, after having combated scientific dogmatism, he not only yielded to vulgar superstitions, but actually endeavoured to accredit them both in his revised edition of the Vanity of Dogmatizing, published as Scepsis scientifica (1665, ed.
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