credit

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See also: Credit, crédit, and crèdit

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French crédit (belief, trust), from Latin crēditum (a loan, credit), neuter of crēditus, past participle of crēdere (to believe). The verb is from the noun.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹɛdɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛdɪt

Verb[edit]

credit (third-person singular simple present credits, present participle crediting, simple past and past participle credited)

  1. (transitive) To believe; to put credence in.
    Synonyms: accept, believe
    Someone said there were over 100,000 people there, but I can't credit that.
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
      How shall they credit / A poor unlearned virgin?
    • 1952, Daphne du Maurier, “Monte Verità”, in The Apple Tree:
      She said quite naturally, as if nothing had happened, “I want you to go back home, Victor darling. You mustn’t worry about me any more.”’ Victor told me he could hardly credit it, at first, that she could stand there and say this to him.
  2. (transitive, accounting) To add to an account.
    Antonym: debit
    Credit accounts receivable with the amount of the invoice.
    For the payroll period credit employees' tips to their wages paid account and debit their minimum wage payable account.
    The full amount of the purchase has been credited to your account.
  3. (transitive) To acknowledge the contribution of.
    I credit the town council with restoring the shopping district.
    Credit the point guard with another assist.
  4. (transitive) To bring honour or repute upon; to do credit to; to raise the estimation of.
    • 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions:
      You credit the church as much by your government as you did the school formerly by your wit.

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Noun[edit]

credit (countable and uncountable, plural credits)

  1. Reliance on the truth of something said or done; faith; trust.
  2. (uncountable) Recognition and respect.
    I give you credit for owning up to your mistake.
    He arrived five minutes late, but to his credit he did work an extra ten minutes at the end of his shift.
    • 1782, William Cowper, The Diverting History of John Gilpin
      John Gilpin was a citizen / Of credit and renown.
    • 2011 December 10, David Ornstein quoting David Moyes, “Arsenal 1 - 0 Everton”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      "I've got to give credit to Van Persie, it was a great goal. We didn't mean to give them chances but they're a good team."
    • 2017 February 23, Katie Rife, “The Girl With All The Gifts tries to put a fresh spin on overripe zombie clichés”, in The Onion AV Club[2]:
      You have to give director Colm McCarthy, a Scottish TV veteran making his feature film debut, and writer Mike Carey, adapting his own novel, credit for attempting the seemingly impossible task of doing something new with the zombie subgenre.
  3. (countable) Acknowledgement of a contribution, especially in the performing arts.
    • 2020 November 1, Alan Young, “His first major acting credit came in 1957 British gangster film No Road Back.”, in The Scotsman[3]:
    She received a singing credit in last year's operetta.
  4. (television/film, usually in the plural) Written titles and other information about the TV program or movie shown at the beginning and/or end of the TV program or movie.
    They kissed, and then the credits rolled.
  5. (uncountable, law, business, finance) A privilege of delayed payment extended to a buyer or borrower on the seller's or lender's belief that what is given will be repaid.
    In view of your payment record, we are happy to extend further credit to you.
  6. The time given for payment for something sold on trust.
    a long credit or a short credit
  7. (uncountable, US) A person's credit rating or creditworthiness, as represented by their history of borrowing and repayment (or non payment).
    What do you mean my credit is no good?
  8. (accounting) An addition to certain accounts; the side of an account on which payments received are entered.
  9. (tax accounting) A reduction in taxes owed, or a refund for excess taxes paid.
    Didn't you know that the IRS will refund any excess payroll taxes that you paid if you use the 45(B) general business credit?
  10. A source of value, distinction or honour.
    That engineer is a credit to the team.
    • 1836, Henry Francis Cary, The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope., The Author's Preface
      I published, because I was told I might please such as it was a credit to please.
  11. An arbitrary unit of value, often used in fictive or virtual currencies.
    To repair your star cruiser will cost 100,000 credits.
    Would you like to play? I put in a dollar and I've got two credits left.
    • 2012, Brian Carter; Justin Levy, Facebook Marketing, Que Publishing, →ISBN, page 178:
      Facebook Credits are a virtual currency used only on Facebook that debuted in May 2009. Ten credits are equal to one dollar. Facebook keeps 30% of all Facebook Credit transactions.
  12. (uncountable) Recognition for having taken a course (class).
    If you do not come to class, you will not get credit for the class, regardless of how well you do on the final.
  13. (countable) A course credit, a credit hour – used as measure if enough courses have been taken for graduation.
    Dude, I just need 3 more credits to graduate – I can take socio-linguistics of Swahili if I want.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (course credit, credit hour): unit

Derived terms[edit]

Terms derived from credit (noun)

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References[edit]

  • credit at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • credit in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • credit in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

crēdit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of crēdō

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French crédit.

Noun[edit]

credit n (plural credite)

  1. credit

Declension[edit]


Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

credit (literary)

  1. second-person singular imperfect/conditional of credu

Noun[edit]

credit m (plural creditau)

  1. Alternative form of credyd (credit)

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
credit gredit nghredit chredit
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.