Definition of accredit in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Give credit to (someone) for something.

    ‘he was accredited with being one of the world's fastest sprinters’
    • ‘He was accredited with introducing both Colin Wooley and Eddie Murray to that Newcastle side with Wooley eventually being signed by Newry Town.’
    • ‘Teenage back row Matt Davies was accredited with the score under a pile of bodies, and Mitchell added another good conversion.’
    • ‘Consumer hero Eddie Hobbs is accredited with pushing the topic of the Groceries Order to the fore when it was featured on his TV programme, ‘Rip Off Ireland’.’
    • ‘Mark Twain is accredited with the comment, ‘golf is a good walk spoiled’.’
    • ‘The knights had amassed a large trove of wealth over the years which led them to be accredited with the invention of modern banking.’
    • ‘During her war service Litviak was accredited with twelve personal kills and three shared kills before her death in air combat in August 1943.’
    • ‘Donald Watson, 94, who was born and raised in South Yorkshire, is the man accredited with introducing the world to veganism.’
    • ‘I was so interested to learn that porcelain was discovered during the Ming Dynasty in China and that Marco Polo's team is accredited with bringing the skills of slip casting to the West.’
    • ‘The next score came from forward drive and hooker Steve Hayhurst was accredited with the touch down which Andy Newsome converted.’
    • ‘While the Middle Zhou is noted for the birth of Confucianism, the Late Zhou is accredited with the rise of Daoism.’
    • ‘Tullow started the second half much better and scored a try created and executed by the forwards, with Tom Jenkinson being accredited with the touchdown.’
    • ‘That was nice because the decent and admirable Mr Calwell isn't usually accredited with having accomplished much of anything at all.’
    • ‘Thus according to the contrasting position the individual is not accredited with an implicit possession of ultimate truth which can be activated by some sort of philosophical midwifery.’
    • ‘Myth and mystery surround its birth, and several persons have been accredited with its conception, but it is truly a child raised by the whole village, not the invention or property of any one man.’
    • ‘Francis of Assisi is accredited with the focus on the manger, the animals, and the child at Christmas.’
    • ‘Simpson had been accredited with a turnaround at Land Rover and, although there was little he could do to revive the basket case Lucas Industries, at least he managed to sell it.’
    • ‘Everyone knows that and has accredited him accordingly.’
    • ‘What was more usefully gained out of the seminar were some interesting figures produced by Prof. Dr. David Viano, the person accredited with devising the active head restraint.’
    • ‘The English engineer William Cubitt is usually accredited with the invention of the Discipline Mill while he was chief engineer at Ransomes, a Quaker ironworks in Ipswich.’
    recognize as, credit with
    ascribe, attribute, chalk up
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    1. 1.1 Attribute an action, saying, or quality to.
      ‘the discovery of distillation is usually accredited to the Arabs’
      • ‘Traditions have evolved over the centuries, and the abundance of sensual potions and exotic practices can be accredited to many eastern philosophies and time-honored folk customs.’
      • ‘Administration had caught Dakar, and accrediting it to desperation to do better in school by doctoring his grades, had let him go with a warning.’
      • ‘He accredited the problem to student fees that were unpaid at the end of last year.’
      • ‘In his autobiography he accredits the story to Neil Collins, Bennett's Daily Telegraph counterpart.’
      • ‘If we read ‘Grimshaw in Cornwall’ or ‘Schultes in Berlin’, it suggests that the projects can be accredited to these ‘icons’ alone.’
      • ‘I'm not saying that stripped wires are necessarily a good thing, but I don't believe either of the two accidents that he mentions can be accredited to stripped wires!’
      • ‘The memory was dimming, and Katherine accredited it to a side-affect of returning from a death that should have taken her.’
      • ‘They are also taught spatial and language skills and, accrediting it to their ‘ability and eagerness to learn’, the SABT says all present students can now speak English.’
      • ‘Brownlee's interest in tapestry as a student is accredited to her aim of creating surface texture in her painting.’
      • ‘Staff described the results as outstanding and accredited the success to single sex education.’
      • ‘Surely Alex knew what he was doing, after so many successful trips had been accredited to his leadership.’
      • ‘Several times, Niane could have sworn she saw a person at the end of a passage, but she accredited it to the poor lighting.’
      • ‘The missing two points are accredited to the high cost and the irregularity of overclockability (which may result in disappointed enthusiasts).’
      • ‘We cannot accredit his survival to clinical treatment of neurasthenia, but perhaps his vicarious experience on the mesa with Tom Outland can account for his fortitude.’
      • ‘Captain Jess White accredited the solid performance to the coaching staff and the hard work of everyone on the team.’
      • ‘The unexpected conditions were accredited to the remnants of Hurricane Alex (or Arthur, or whoever - no more apologies).’
      • ‘I accredit my stubbornness to his chromosomes.’
      • ‘Ruthless, cruel, dangerous and blood thirsty; it was laughable to think that anyone could accredit such traits to her childhood friend.’
      • ‘And even though he rather sportingly accredited his success to the Sports Authority of India, the Ministry of Sports and the National Rifle Association, I have no doubt that he is a winner because of his own efforts.’
      • ‘At first, they did not ask her the reason for this new dreaminess, as most of the women accredited it to being tired from her illness and all the work she was doing now.’
  • 2(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’
    • ‘What's troublesome is the ICR's school is actually accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation agency.’
    • ‘Thus, for example, the University of Leicester Law Faculty is now accredited by professional bodies in India, Malaysia and Singapore as well as by those in the England and Wales.’
    • ‘It already helps to drive up standards, accredit courses and provide advice.’
    • ‘A regulatory organisation of both regional and international credibility, SANAS inspects laboratories to ensure they conform to international standards before they are accredited.’
    • ‘JFCOM's elements of joint context provide a list of capabilities and characteristics required to accredit any training event as a participant in an overarching JNTC-enhanced event.’
    • ‘Now, Health Canada is prepared to accept foreign incorporated registrars so long as the Standards Council of Canada accredits them.’
    • ‘I mean we're tough, we don't mess around if we find a childcare service is not meeting the right standards for accreditation, we don't accredit them.’
    • ‘The NCTJ - the official training body for journalists - accredits courses throughout the UK, from day release to full time undergraduate.’
    • ‘For this reason it is best to choose a course accredited by one or more of the following bodies.’
    • ‘The Norfolk farm was accredited by the RSPCA with the Freedom Food standard, a stamp of approval for animal-friendly operators.’
    • ‘A council accredits a natural-resource company's source of supply if it meets set social and environmental criteria.’
    • ‘Read the institutions' prospectuses carefully and note if a course is accredited or validated by a respected professional body.’
    • ‘Its remit was, and is, to develop and continuously improve the standards of good practice in franchising and to accredit franchisors that meet these standards.’
    • ‘The American Horticultural Therapy Association accredits training programs throughout the United States and in other countries.’
    • ‘It is the sole authority to accredit hospitals in Canada and has the monopoly of accreditation activities, which now encompass long-term, mental health and rehabilitation facilities as well as general hospitals.’
    • ‘Beginning with its April meeting, CoA will accredit internship programs for up to seven years.’
    • ‘The doctor is then accredited with the General Medical Council, much as the pupil barrister is with the Bar Council.’
    • ‘If an applicant is pursuing a master's degree in another field, such as business administration, that undergoes a national accreditation process, the appropriate body must accredit the degree program.’
    • ‘Is the distance provider accredited by a recognized accrediting agency?’
    • ‘It is a 28-week course, which leads to a certificate in CPC accredited by the National Open College Network.’
    recognize, license, authorize, approve, certify, warrant, empower, depute, endorse, sanction, vouch for, put one's seal of approval on, appoint
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  • 3Give official authorization for (someone, typically a diplomat or journalist) to be in a particular place or to hold a particular post.

    ‘an ambassador accredited to a northern European country’
    • ‘In all, 467 women correspondents, including 267 Americans, were accredited to cover the war.’
    • ‘More than 70 journalists have been accredited to cover the hearings which are expected to last at least three weeks.’
    • ‘Before any journalist could be accredited, the Defence Minister had to be advised.’
    • ‘Today, Smith - who is accredited with the International Society of Appraisers and has written and taught a course for the ISA on animation art - oversees the gallery.’
    • ‘We have diplomats accredited to Riga and those other capitals, and they visit them regularly.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the government last week refused to accredit journalists from the BBC and other western countries who wanted to cover the trial.’
    • ‘As it was, 170 journalists were accredited, most of whom had their hands up to ask a question as he took his seat on the stage.’
    • ‘Foreign journalists are being accredited on a discretionary basis.’
    • ‘England was due to arrive in Harare last night with only the Press Association, the Daily Mail, The Independent, the Daily Express, The Guardian and Reuters news agency accredited to cover the series.’
    • ‘In fact, they were under much tighter control than any journalist accredited to the coalition forces.’
    • ‘Hundreds of journalists have been accredited to cover the event, with TV and press coverage of the city and of the races expected to be beamed to 60 countries.’
    • ‘Less than half of the 4,000 international journalists accredited to attend actually turned up and, by the end of the summit, even those who did were looking elsewhere.’
    • ‘The subject of the document is accrediting third parties to conduct inspections of eligible Class II and Class III medical device manufacturers.’
    • ‘He didn't accredit his lawyers to the Hague tribunal because that would mean de facto recognising the court - which he doesn't.’
    • ‘Several hundred reporters have been accredited to cover the event, including correspondents from Reuters, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, the Associated Press and France Presse.’
    • ‘She was among 180 diplomats accredited to the election centre at the National Palace of Culture, and personally witnessed the news conferences of the main political groups.’
    • ‘However, he could not control reporters not accredited to his command.’
    • ‘Under current media regulations, all foreign journalists need to be accredited by the government before entering the violence-wracked country.’
    • ‘Specialised agencies have been accredited to verify and certify the carbon reductions and carbon sequestering achieved.’
    • ‘By Wednesday afternoon, 980 journalists had been accredited to the international press centre, of whom 645 work for foreign media and 340 work for Bulgarian media.’
    official, appointed, legal, recognized, licensed, authorized, approved, certified, warranted, empowered, deputed, endorsed, sanctioned, vouched for
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Early 17th century (in accredit (sense 2)): from French accréditer, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + crédit ‘credit’.