Definition of accredit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    accredit

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈkredɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkredɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they accredit
    BrE BrE//əˈkredɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkredɪt//
     
    he / she / it accredits
    BrE BrE//əˈkredɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkredɪts//
     
    past simple accredited
    BrE BrE//əˈkredɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkredɪtɪd//
     
    past participle accredited
    BrE BrE//əˈkredɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkredɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form accrediting
    BrE BrE//əˈkredɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkredɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] (formal) to believe that somebody 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.
  2. 2[usually passive] accredit somebody to… (specialist) to choose somebody for an official position, especially as an ambassador He was accredited to Madrid.
  3. 3accredit something/somebody to officially approve something/somebody as being of an accepted quality or standard Institutions that do not meet the standards will not be accredited for teacher training.
  4. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in sense (3)): from French accréditer, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + crédit ‘credit’.
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