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- First attested in the 1610's.
- From French accréditer, from à (“to”) + créditer (“to credit”), from crédit (“credit”).
- See credit.
- (transitive) To ascribe; attribute; credit with.
- (transitive) To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction.
- (transitive) To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate.
- (transitive) To believe; to put trust in.
- (transitive) To enter on the credit side of an account book.
- (transitive) To certify as meeting a predetermined standard; to certify an educational institution as upholding the specified standards necessary for the students to advance.
- The school was an accredited college.
- (transitive) To recognize as outstanding.
- (transitive, literally) To credit.