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