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



    BrE BrE//ˈkredɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkredɪt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they credit
    BrE BrE//ˈkredɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkredɪt//
    he / she / it credits
    BrE BrE//ˈkredɪts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkredɪts//
    past simple credited
    BrE BrE//ˈkredɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkredɪtɪd//
    past participle credited
    BrE BrE//ˈkredɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkredɪtɪd//
    -ing form crediting
    BrE BrE//ˈkredɪtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkredɪtɪŋ//
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    put money in bank
  1. 1to add an amount of money to somebody’s bank account credit A (with B) Your account has been credited with $50 000. credit B (to A) $50 000 has been credited to your account. See related entries: Banking
  2. opposite debit
    with achievement
  3. 2[usually passive] to believe or say that somebody is responsible for doing something, especially something good credit somebody All the contributors are credited on the title page. She has been wrongly credited as the author. credit A with B The company is credited with inventing the industrial robot. credit B to A The invention of the industrial robot is credited to the company.
  4. with quality
  5. 3credit A with B to believe that somebody/something has a particular good quality or feature I credited you with a little more sense. Credit me with some intelligence.
  6. 4[usually passive] credit somebody/something as something to believe that somebody/something is of a particular type or quality The cheetah is generally credited as the world's fastest animal.
  7. believe
  8. 5credit something | credit what, how, etc… | credit that… (British English) (used mainly in questions and negative sentences) to believe something, especially something surprising or unexpected He's been promoted—would you credit it?
  9. Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally in the senses ‘belief’, ‘credibility’): from French crédit, probably via Italian credito from Latin creditum, neuter past participle of credere ‘believe, trust’.Extra examples He is widely credited with having started the Middle East peace process. I could hardly credit it when she told me she was leaving. I find what he says rather hard to credit. She is generally credited as having written over 50 novels. The bank credited the oil company with $500 000. The work has been credited to a 16th-century bishop.
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