accredit /əˈkrɛdɪt/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. give credit to (someone) for something

he was accredited with being one of the world’s fastest sprinters.
2. ( accredit something to) attribute an action, saying, or quality to

the discovery of distillation is usually accredited to the Arabs.
3. (of an official body) give authority or sanction to (someone or something) when recognized standards have been met

institutions that do not meet the standards will not be accredited for teacher training
(as adj. accredited)
an accredited practitioner.
4. give official authorization for (someone, typically a diplomat or journalist) to be in a particular place or to hold a particular post

no journalist accredited to the UN has ever been expelled.
II. derivatives


– origin early 17th cent. (in sense 2): from French accréditer, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + crédit ‘credit’.

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