verb (used with object)

  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.

verb (tr)

  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)
    1. to furnish or send (an envoy, etc) with official credentials
    2. to appoint (someone) as an envoy, etc
  5. NZ to pass (a candidate) for university entrance on school recommendation without external examinationthere are six accrediting schools in the area

1610s, from French accréditer, from à “to” (see ad-) + créditer “to credit” (someone with a sum), from crédit “credit” (see credit). Related: Accredited; accrediting.

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