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. Doublet of shraddha, creed.
- (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.
- 1777, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal, IV.iii:
- [T]he Heart that is conscious of its own integrity is ever slowest to credit another's Treachery.—
- 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.
- (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.
- (transitive) To acknowledge the contribution of.
- I credit the town council with restoring the shopping district.
- Credit the point guard with another assist.
- (transitive) To bring honour or repute upon; to do credit to; to raise the estimation of.
- 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), 6th edition, London: […] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, […], published 1727, OCLC 21766567:
- You credit the church as much by your government as you did the school formerly by your wit.
- Reliance on the truth of something said or done; faith; trust.
- (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.
- 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:
- 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.
- (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:
- She received a singing credit in last year's operetta.
- (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.
- (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.
- The time given for payment for something sold on trust.
- a long credit or a short credit
- (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?
- (accounting) An addition to certain accounts; the side of an account on which payments received are entered.
- (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?
- 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.
- (science fiction) A unit of currency used in a fictional universe or timeframe.
- To repair your star cruiser will cost 100,000 credits.
- 1934 December, John W. Campbell, Jr., “The Mightiest Machine”, in Astounding Stories, volume XIV, number 4, Street & Smith, page 12:
- Aside from the fact that she means nearly ten million credits investment, which no one will insure on this trip, there will necessarily be seventy-three men aboard.
- 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, OCLC 246633669, PC, scene: Credits ("Creds") Codex entry:
- The standard credit was established by the Citadel's Unified Banking Act as the currency of interstellar trade. The credit has a managed floating exchange rate, calculated in real time by the central bank to maintain the average value of all participating currencies. Some regional currencies are worth more than a credit and some less.
- 2016, A.K. Brown, Jumpstart (Champagne Universe Series: Book 1), page 19:
- "First the Patrons wipe-out our home world, now you blow any chance of us making any credits," Kane said in his gruff sinking voice.
- A nominal unit of value assigned outside of a currency system.
- Would you like to play? I put in a dollar and I've got two credits left.
- (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.
- (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.
- (course credit, credit hour): unit
- 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.
credit n (plural credite)
credit m (plural creditau)
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|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.|