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Definition of accredit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they accredit
    he / she / it accredits
    past simple accredited
    -ing form accrediting
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  1. 1[usually passive] (formal) to believe that someone is responsible for doing or saying something accredit something to somebody The discovery of distillation is usually accredited to the Arabs of the 11th century. accredit somebody with something The Arabs are usually accredited with the discovery of distillation. She is accredited with having first introduced the word into the language. compare credit
  2. 2accredit something/somebody to officially approve something or someone as being of an accepted quality or standard Institutions that do not meet the standards will not be accredited for teacher training.
  3. 3[usually passive] accredit somebody to … (technology) to choose someone for an official position, especially as an ambassador He was accredited to Madrid.
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