Definition of credit in English:



  • 1The ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will be made in the future.

    ‘I've got unlimited credit’
    • ‘If the customer's credit is good and its trading methods fair, the bank need have no worries.’
    • ‘Consumers want instant decisions on credit applications, and we have a statutory obligation to turn around requests for files quickly.’
    • ‘Antonio urges Bassanio to borrow money on his credit for this purpose.’
    • ‘The credit bureau will make available timely and reliable customer credit information to participating banks, Koh said.’
    • ‘And it has taken nearly three years, because issues as simple as whether a customer has enough credit to make a purchase have to be handled deftly.’
    • ‘The company that may lend you the money will rank your credit history is the main criteria of your loan rate.’
    • ‘Many policyholders cannot afford to pay their annual motor insurance in one go and so avail of credit arrangements from insurers and brokers.’
    • ‘We take into account the quality of their credit.’
    • ‘Capital One is targeting customers with better credit as a way to stem delinquencies and defaults.’
    • ‘The easy cash is also allowing people, even those with good credit, to plunk money down on more house than they can afford.’
    • ‘Overdraft charges are the big point of difference on otherwise free student accounts, the Financial Regulator said in its first examination of student credit.’
    • ‘It's important for businesses to realize a customer whose credit is being evaluated by outsiders can get irritated.’
    • ‘Anxious to make a sale, the dealer may grant you a loan based on preliminary credit checks.’
    • ‘In so doing, On Time enables dealers to take a chance on customers with bad credit.’
    • ‘Britain in the eighteenth century developed a culture of credit and commerce, based on trust and reputation.’
    • ‘Asset-based lenders look at other factors - your customers' credit, for example.’
    • ‘Essentially, the idea would be to let people have unlimited credit.’
    • ‘Let things drift and you are likely to default and be blacklisted for future credit.’
    • ‘Those students are reportedly now dealing with damaged credit or difficulty obtaining financial aid, Nahmias said.’
    • ‘But students with poor credit records and student debts could fine it extremely tough to get a loan or mortgage on graduation.’
    financial standing, financial status, solvency
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    1. 1.1The money lent or made available under a credit arrangement.
      ‘the bank refused to extend their credit’
      [as modifier] ‘he was exceeding his credit limit’
      • ‘An employee whose credit exceeds this limit would be sent a letter requiring them to explain when leave would be taken to maintain a balance below 30 days.’
      • ‘Faced with such a situation, if the firm could not raise cash by obtaining more credit immediately, it would be insolvent.’
      • ‘Financial promoters leverage these rising values to create even more money, credit, and debt.’
      • ‘This massive infusion of money and credit has yet to satisfy the appetites of airline executives.’
      • ‘If you are a late payer or inclined to exceed your credit limit, Tusa does not impose any penalty charges and its standard rate is a competitive 17.5 per cent.’
      • ‘Some of the computer manufacturers have arrangements with financial institutions to offer credit deals to their customers.’
      • ‘After years of U.S. and global money and credit excess, the consequences are coming home to roost.’
      • ‘Car sales generally have been falling since May as government restrictions on credit took their toll.’
      • ‘Make sure to check your credit limit before going abroad and arrange any payments needed to keep the account up to date.’
      • ‘Many clients believe it is important to obtain as much credit as possible because these dollars would be available for unexpected events.’
      • ‘Paying by credit card is normally the most secure method but this might not be possible if you are buying a boat whose price exceeds your credit limit.’
      • ‘However, to avoid the temptation of overspending you should ask for your credit limit to be cut on both cards.’
      • ‘As I will explain later, these checks enable people to obtain easy credit at dangerously high levels.’
      • ‘If you're worried about exceeding your credit limit, call your card issuer to ask for a small increase.’
      • ‘I do my best to never exceed my credit limit, though there are months when it's been a close call.’
      • ‘Credit card spending can be very expensive if balances remain uncleared or if credit limits are breached because of penalty charges.’
      • ‘The society added that abolishing the current system of debt recovery would discourage firms from advancing credit or lending money.’
      • ‘We always opt out when filling in forms for telephone services or credit as we don't really want tele-sales people contacting us.’
      • ‘Gold cards can give significantly higher credit limits.’
      • ‘As they see it, all that is lacking is more money and credit.’
      credit, advance
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  • 2An entry recording a sum received, listed on the right-hand side or column of an account.

    The opposite of debit
    • ‘Proceeds from sales were recorded on the credit side.’
    • ‘Then as I understand it, your Honour, there are other credits in the loan account.’
    • ‘Not an exciting day, but I think the books balanced pretty well, a little on the debit side, and just about as much in the credit columns, so I'm pleased enough with it.’
    • ‘As his business is largely cash-based, he doesn't write a lot of cheques or have many debits and credits.’
    • ‘It is the first item on the debit side of the account, that is discharged, or reduced, by the first item on the credit side.’
    • ‘Now, that may give rise to a claim in debt or it may not, depending on the state of the loan account because there were other credits in the loan account.’
    • ‘The key for the individual is education - learning how to manage credits and debits.’
    • ‘Distributors even disagreed about how they would go about calculating credits and debits.’
    • ‘After she recovered from her initial surprise, the teller gave him full access to Alex's account, checking the credits with slightly shaking hands.’
    • ‘For example, total charges must equal total credits.’
    • ‘When he demanded £5,000 to cover the costs of his journey south, Cecil and Buckhurst ransacked the accounts and found no credits whatsoever.’
    • ‘The real challenge is in identifying the best way of creating a market for emission debits and credits.’
    • ‘Now I use taxis regularly, having shifted yet another lifelong principle from the credit to the debit side of my ethical account.’
    1. 2.1A payment received.
      ‘you need to record debits or credits made to your account’
      • ‘Automated clearings are used for credit and debit transfers such as standing order payments, direct credits, and direct debits.’
      • ‘For dividends, the credit is usually dollar for dollar.’
      • ‘About 20 percent provided additional retirement payments or credits.’
      • ‘This money is recorded as a credit in the current account but, in reality, it is not a reliable source of financing.’
      • ‘On Monday afternoon I received an email from Quip saying they couldn't add the credit to my account as it was temporarily blocked.’
      • ‘These accounts were debited for the expenses, with the corresponding credit to the cash account.’
      • ‘She had then received a credit into her bank account of £383.43, with no letter explaining exactly why she had received the payment.’
      • ‘Under the new Code, your existing bank must provide your new bank with a list of all your regular debits and credits within three working days.’
      • ‘The $700,000 incentive package comprises tax refund credits and a grant payment program.’
      • ‘The landlord is then entitled to claim a credit for the income tax deducted at source from the rental income.’
      • ‘Vivienne helps residents with a wide range of tasks, including making benefit appeals, helping to fill out forms, and advising them on tax and pension credits.’
      • ‘There are a wider variety of tax deductions and credits, plus the property earns a higher income flow and the usual equity increase.’
      • ‘I have been lucky enough to receive payment of credits - but the payment was erratic.’
      • ‘In this case, naming a charity as a direct beneficiary will qualify as a donation credit on the final income tax return of the deceased.’
      • ‘The bank hid credits, falsified accounts and created dummy loans.’
      • ‘I got rid of my TV months ago and informed them and they did send me a credit on my direct debit - since, as you doubtless know, they take the money in advance.’
    2. 2.2Entitlement to a set amount of a particular company's goods or services, typically paid for in advance of use.
      ‘in the middle of our conversation his phone ran out of credit’
      ‘she had $15 credit on her account’
      • ‘You can use your US credit for calling your partner, booking restaurants, or other America-centric activities.’
      • ‘You can currently get up to $200 in-store credit when you buy online.’
      • ‘Each of those plans also allows you to add on another 500MB of data for $5, and includes some credit for international and premium calls.’
      • ‘Participants on pay-as-you-go tariffs received £50 worth of phone credit, which they topped up prior to the week of text-message questions.’
      • ‘This "test" program will run for 5 days and will give consumers who trade in games an extra 20 percent in-store credit.’
      • ‘You'll have to use that credit before the end of 2013.’
      • ‘In March the company announced that it would start allowing customers to sell videogames for store credit or cash.’
      • ‘The decoders do not need to be topped up with credit every month to view local channels suchs ITV, Channel 10, Star TV, TBC etc.’
      • ‘Not only will they buy less games a year, the lack of trade-in credit lowers their ability to buy new games even more.’
      • ‘Used games are a way for some consumers to monetize their games: they will buy a game, play it, and bring it back to their retailer to get credit for their next purchase.’
      • ‘The $29 plan on the screenshot shows that it comes with $450 of call credit.’
  • 3Public acknowledgment or praise, typically that given or received when a person's responsibility for an action or idea becomes or is made apparent.

    ‘the president claims credit for each accomplishment’
    • ‘He received much credit and praise for a major economic reform program he introduced in 1965.’
    • ‘I can't claim credit for them, they were taken by a photographer for one of the two student papers here.’
    • ‘If you claim credit when it's not due, you must take the blame too.’
    • ‘Still, that wasn't going to stop the Government from taking credit for this partial achievement.’
    • ‘‘I don't think he gets enough credit for his ability to drive and his strength,’ Doherty says.’
    • ‘It can also claim credit for many ‘firsts’ in the field of entertainment and cultural exploration.’
    • ‘However, the one thing we can be sure is that no single group or any one individual can really claim sole credit for its arrival.’
    • ‘These people would claim credit for the good weather and deny responsibility for their own signature if they thought they could get away with it.’
    • ‘But his trick was to attack a supposed cultural elite while claiming credit for economic success.’
    • ‘Several diary writers have claimed credit for the idea, which could even derive from the First World War trenches.’
    • ‘James deserves full credit for his enormous contribution to the Irish entertainment scene and in particular in the North West.’
    • ‘He has suddenly trebled the size of the police force by bringing the whole taxi industry into the blue uniforms, and for that the public gives him no credit and no thanks.’
    • ‘But he stressed the department is not claiming credit for this.’
    • ‘In India, nice children are a dime a dozen, and parents receive no special credit or praise for their children's behavior.’
    • ‘The board, often criticised in the past for taking too long to settle claims, deserves credit for its swift response in this case.’
    • ‘You wanted to steal my ideas and claim credit for them.’
    • ‘Yet at the same time the government was claiming credit for the successes of the private sector.’
    • ‘I claim no credit for this notion, having just suggested the obvious.’
    • ‘Well done to all the lads who deserve great credit for their achievements.’
    • ‘As ludicrous as it is, people often take credit for the natural abilities they are born with.’
    praise, commendation, acclaim, approval, approbation, acknowledgement, recognition, kudos, hat tip, glory, merit, regard, esteem, respect, admiration, adulation, veneration, tributes
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    1. 3.1[in singular]A source of pride, typically someone or something that reflects well on another person or organization.
      ‘he's a credit to his mother’
      • ‘The children who were a credit to their parents and teachers joined in all aspects of the Mass including the readings, Prayers of the Faithful and offertory procession.’
      • ‘She is a remarkable young lady, who is a credit to her family and school.’
      • ‘Since then the place has been well kept, the grass cut and it is always neat and tidy and a credit to the local community which take pride in their place.’
      • ‘It is also a credit to the authors' skill that the content is kept utterly accessible.’
      • ‘Andrea said: ‘The pupils have been a credit to the school with their behaviour, manner and determination.’’
      • ‘It is a credit to the authors, the publisher, and the museum that sponsored it.’
      • ‘This is a credit to the hard work of those employees who have skilfully planned and carried out the project from start to finish.’
      • ‘‘David is a credit to the school and department,’ he said.’
      • ‘Willie spoke of his great pride in Clonegal and said the village is a credit to the people who reside there.’
      • ‘He congratulated and complimented Josie, Jim and James and said they were a credit to their families.’
      • ‘Forty five children represented our area with pride and were a credit to themselves and their families.’
      • ‘But readers liked Emma, both novel and character, and this admiration is a credit to the author's skill.’
      • ‘They were a credit to themselves and their coaches.’
      • ‘She always took great pride in her garden which was a credit to her.’
      • ‘I am very proud of their hard work, they are a credit to the school.’
      • ‘He is a creative thinker and a credit to his field.’
      • ‘It was a lovely pub and a prominent landmark - a credit to the area.’
      • ‘The building is now a credit to all those involved.’
      • ‘Described as calm, conscientious, confident and professional, he was hailed as ‘a credit to the police force’ by one woman.’
      • ‘It is unique and a credit to the craftsmen and volunteers who have worked on it.’
      source of honour, source of pride, feather in the cap, asset, proud boast, glory, flower, gem, treasure
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    2. 3.2An acknowledgment of a contributor's services to a movie or a television program, typically one of a list that is scrolled down the screen at the beginning or end of a movie or program.
      ‘the closing credits finished rolling’
      • ‘Aside from David's eclectic array of television credits, he has an equally impressive number of theatre roles to his name.’
      • ‘It's in rough cut form, which means there are no beginning and end credits.’
      • ‘The film's end credits include the names of all those lost with the ship.’
      • ‘While I'm mentioning crewmembers, you'll see Joel Coen listed in the credits as Assistant Film Editor.’
      • ‘In the programme's opening credits, a cameraman on a large pulley produced a brilliant camera angle.’
      • ‘The end and beginning credits, punctuated with outtakes, dancing, and singing, seem to last roughly the length of time it took for the Titanic to sink.’
      • ‘Extra content consists of production credits, filmographies, and a behind the scenes photo gallery.’
      • ‘At the beginning of the film, the opening credits roll as the camera pans down what appears to be a blue, white, and red Eiffel Tower.’
      • ‘The effects are top notch, especially the early scenes before the opening credits; and the film is shot with techniques more commonly employed in war films, giving a real battle struggle quality.’
      • ‘This was an era when most of the audience naturally stayed to see film end credits - it being thought disrespectful to the producers not to do so.’
      • ‘High Sierra was the last time Bogart's name would not be listed first in film credits.’
      • ‘Si, who hails from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is a first assistant director and locations manager for film and television whose credits include the Harry Potter movies.’
      • ‘Co-incidentally, the programme credits list the same name for ‘Camera’ and ‘Assistant Producer’.’
      • ‘These shows were screened with the complete end credits and another Associated Television Production caption at the very end - a rare treat indeed these days.’
      • ‘When they open their programmes, the film's credits are revealed, printed inside.’
      • ‘Imagine the thrill of watching your name flow by hurriedly on television and film credits…’
      • ‘The final two tracks comprise the film's end credits, beginning with ‘May It Be,’ as sung by Enya.’
      • ‘In fact, the nearest the film had to a reaction was the sigh of relief that swept through the audience when the credits started to roll.’
      • ‘I've always wondered what key-grip meant in film credits.’
      • ‘While it is true that credits now roll pretty quickly on film, the reason has less to do with studios trying to keep the running time on films down and more with the proliferation of the number of credits in a film.’
  • 4North American The acknowledgment of a student's completion of a course that counts toward a degree or diploma as maintained in a school's records.

    ‘a student can earn one unit of academic credit’
    • ‘Students receive credit for completing four online quizzes during the semester.’
    • ‘Another unique feature of this program is that students get academic credit for their participation in the conference.’
    • ‘Since many of the training courses were done for credit, each program saw the immediate benefit of increased program enrollment.’
    • ‘The college students received course credit for their participation.’
    • ‘Many of the sites offered community college credit for courses taken as part of a high school diploma.’
    • ‘Personal identification questions were used only to verify that the students received appropriate credit for completing the activity.’
    • ‘Participants enrolled in specific psychology courses received extra credit upon completion of the study.’
    • ‘Twenty-four male and 29 female first-year psychology students participated to earn credit for their course.’
    • ‘Students receive some course credit for participating.’
    • ‘A video documenting the project, made by a student for independent-study credit, was shown at the event and was available for purchase.’
    • ‘Many colleges and universities offer the opportunity to earn credit through taking online courses.’
    • ‘Students in an Introductory Psychology course were offered extra credit if they would agree to hand in their notes at the end of a specified class.’
    • ‘Students should talk with a school counselor about the possibility of earning credit toward your intended degree or certificate.’
    • ‘Students enrolled in these courses usually receive academic credit on both their high school and college transcripts.’
    • ‘Increasingly, advanced high school students receive both high school and college credit by taking college distance learning courses.’
    • ‘Most programs utilize transcript reviews to determine if a student has received credit for a similar course from another academic institution.’
    • ‘Also, many high schools offer advanced placement courses that count for college credit.’
    • ‘Students received academic credit for their involvement in the research.’
    • ‘Participants were 154 undergraduate students who received partial course credit for their participation.’
    • ‘Courses offered for credit and sessions on time management at the student recreation centers and residence halls could enhance efficiency.’
    1. 4.1A unit of study counting toward a degree or diploma.
      ‘in his first semester he earned 17 credits’
      • ‘It counts as a full credit despite being only three months long.’
      • ‘The credits she's earning count toward her high school diploma.’
      • ‘Students who complete all five courses offered so far in 2000 will have earned 15 semester credits.’
      • ‘The packaged 15 - credit course is geared towards students motivated to change their world.’
      • ‘I've already earned enough credits to graduate high school, so I'm skipping grade 12 to take a year to work, and to figure some things out.’
      • ‘Participants earn continuing education credits for these workshops.’
      • ‘Students not admitted at first try often go into liberal arts where they can work on their prerequisites and accumulate credits toward their degree.’
      • ‘The geography department is also counting the project as credits towards Rogers' degree.’
      • ‘In addition to the two credits she received for the trip, she and other students have the option of doing an independent study for two additional credits.’
      • ‘By earning credits at a community college, they can attain the baccalaureate more quickly and less expensively than if they only studied at a four-year school.’
      • ‘At the beginning of each academic quarter, students participated in a screening process for several studies offering research participation credits.’
      • ‘He was denied the salary increment given to teachers who have attained a master's degree plus 30 credits.’
      • ‘It earned me two credits for college, but I don't know if it was really worth it.’
      • ‘Excelling in mathematics and computer studies, he earned 77 college credits, an Associates degree and a paralegal certificate.’
      • ‘That means classes are taught in English, and students earn degrees by accruing credits.’
      • ‘Many students now graduate from high school having already completed many credits toward college.’
      • ‘She will find a way to squeeze in the continuing education credits required for maintaining her certification as a registered dietitian.’
      • ‘None of it would earn you a college credit from a mathematics department.’
      • ‘One in five of those engineers earned at least 10 credits at a community college before earning a degree at a four-year school, according to the report.’
      • ‘Also, on completion I can use the credits towards a distance learning degree if I so choose.’
    2. 4.2Acknowledgment of merit in an examination which is reflected in the grades awarded.
      ‘students will receive credit for accuracy and style’
      • ‘Students will be given credit for effective work habits.’
      • ‘But he added that universities had a responsibility to make clear to markers ‘what gives credit for a mark’.’
      • ‘Another teacher gave extra credit to students who spoke up in class.’
      • ‘Although this was not an evidence based question, credit was given to candidates who supported their arguments from current literature.’
      • ‘Extra credit was awarded to any monitor that had some feature of significant value or excellence beyond what was covered in the normal evaluation process.’
  • 5archaic The quality of being believed or credited.

    ‘the abstract philosophy of Cicero has lost its credit’
    • ‘He dissembled with one or the other, and by so doing lost his credit with both.’
    • ‘I think the government has lost its credit on the question of human rights.’
    credibility, reliability, plausibility, believability
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    1. 5.1Favorable estimation; good reputation.
      ‘John Gilpin was a citizen of credit and renown’
      • ‘Then he asked me, whether he was a man of credit? I answered, I thought he was.’
      • ‘She was a woman of great credit and reputation on all accounts.’
      reputation, repute, character, image, name, good name, prestige, influence, standing, status, regard, esteem, estimation
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  • 1Publicly acknowledge someone as a participant in the production of (something published or broadcast)

    ‘the screenplay is credited to one American and two Japanese writers’
    • ‘Last Sunday we published a correction crediting the Journal of Commerce for the seven paragraphs.’
    • ‘The follow-up album, Santa Barbara, was just credited to The High Llamas.’
    • ‘Wilson is credited as producer/director of the Channel 4 series.’
    • ‘Oddly, on the cover Midge Ure's solo effort is credited to Ultravox.’
    • ‘The two lines from a poem quoted on the fourth page should have been credited to Dylan Thomas.’
    • ‘It allows documents to be modified, with all contributors being credited.’
    • ‘The song was always credited to an ‘author unknown’.’
    • ‘The earliest mythological stories are credited to the blind bard Homer, to whom The Iliad and The Odyssey are attributed.’
    • ‘If you are able to help in any way, you will, of course, be fully credited, and your contribution will be greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘At least, those works appearing in this collection will be credited to Balan's name.’
    • ‘So if you'd like to see your name in print - all contributed episodes will be credited and the author will receive free books worth £20.’
    • ‘He is credited to have written the South Indian History in 1919.’
    • ‘It was an error on our part that the beautiful photographs accompanying the article were not credited to the photographer, Jeffrey Chock.’
    • ‘If any of the material is used it must be credited to BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House.’
    • ‘There's probably plenty of good material in the archives here to fill several issues, but I'd hate the job of collating and editing it into some coherent form and crediting contributors.’
    • ‘This tribute dates back to 1926 and is credited to a Harvard scholar named Carter G. Woodson.’
    • ‘This should, in fact, be credited to the 18th-century scholar Edmond Malone.’
    • ‘Include your name and city and I'll list the information to credit your contribution.’
    • ‘The lean direction is credited to Christian Nyby, but producer Howard Hawks' fingerprints are everywhere.’
    • ‘Any photos or clips that are selected for the final production will be credited to the sender at the end of the film.’
    ascribe, attribute, assign, accredit, chalk up, put down, set down, impute
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    1. 1.1Ascribe (an achievement or good quality) to someone.
      ‘he is credited with painting one hundred and twenty-five canvases’
      • ‘But our Founding Fathers crafted and drafted a better Constitution than they have been credited with.’
      • ‘She might sound like any other devoted dog owner, but Abby insists their story is different: she credits Mungo with bringing her back from the abyss of clinical depression.’
      • ‘She credits her success to hard work, good teachers and supportive parents.’
      • ‘He is credited with the invention of moveable type in China some four hundred years earlier.’
      • ‘When he died at sixty-five in 1750 he was credited with well over 200 hours of music.’
      • ‘He credits Will Femia with much of the research.’
      • ‘Julia Pike, the museum's new curator/director, credits Gould with pushing to have the plaque restored, the wood refurnished and the glass replaced.’
      • ‘History credits Mary Pickford as being the first major Hollywood star.’
      • ‘He credits the fashion designer with opening his eyes and developing his taste for art and photography.’
      • ‘She credits him with saving the life of her then eight-year-old’
      • ‘He credits Britain with a long tradition of caring for animals, which made people receptive to his message.’
      • ‘Mr Walsh is credited with saving the life of one treasured friend, Tiger the dog, by his nominator.’
      • ‘Thales is also credited with the discovery of calculating distance for ships at sea.’
      • ‘He is widely credited with reforming the office from his predecessor's days.’
      • ‘It is not known when the mighty dogs first started to rescue people, but they are credited with saving some 2,000 travellers over the past 200 years on the Saint Bernard Pass on the border with Italy.’
      • ‘Queen Victoria is generally credited with having started the white wedding dress craze.’
      • ‘Brenda Maddox, who had written a biography of Thatcher to accompany the programme, credits Dennis Thatcher with liberating his wife from her repressive background.’
      • ‘Jonathan credits Hugh Hewitt with getting the ball rolling.’
      • ‘Hollywood is often credited as popularising swing dancing through its films of the 1930's.’
      • ‘Serving as the Czech prime minister from 1993 to 1997, he was credited with successfully transforming the Czech economy.’
      be accredited with, be recognized as, be given the credit for, be held responsible for
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  • 2Add (an amount of money) to an account.

    ‘this deferred tax can be credited to the profit and loss account’
    • ‘His Hong Kong remittance company sends a text message to Jane's phone, crediting the money to her account.’
    • ‘One account is debited for the amount involved in any transaction and another account is credited.’
    • ‘Payments are made directly to residents' gas suppliers or paid in cards, which are then credited to their meters.’
    • ‘Subscribers could apply via their phones and have the loans credited to their cell-phone accounts.’
    • ‘All associated fees have been credited to your account.’
    • ‘The balance indicated that salaries had already been credited to our accounts.’
    • ‘It was not credited to our account by the bank until the following day which made it a late payment and his electricity was cut.’
    • ‘I completed the form two months ago, sent it off and a month latter got a letter back telling me it had been accepted and my wife's bank account would be credited.’
    • ‘Benefits would be paid according to the amounts credited to each account.’
    • ‘And it just got better when I went online and checked my account and saw that they credited my allowance for June!’
    • ‘These ‘loyalty bonuses’ are only credited to your account after twelve months.’
    • ‘But the problem arises only where an amount is credited to a wrong account as a result of an error in decoding or of the insertion of inaccurate details in the bank giro credit.’
    • ‘With a daily mortgage, any repayments are credited to your account immediately, whereas with annual interest, they only hit your bill at the end of the year.’
    • ‘It is a low-cost pension scheme in which you can put in up to £3,600 per annum gross - which means, Gerry says, that by paying in just £2,808 a year, you are credited with £3,600.’
    • ‘More than two months ago I paid £800 in cash into my local branch of Abbey to be credited to my Abbey Visa card.’
    • ‘Letters will go out in March informing customers of the size of any refund and the money will be credited to accounts in June.’
    • ‘The pupils will be provided with their own pin number to credit their account when they pay the money into a till linked to a computer in the school kitchen.’
    • ‘The proceeds will then be credited to the Capital Works Reserve Fund.’
    • ‘The payment of a cheque credited to the bank account is a cash payment.’
    • ‘Furthermore, these dividend accounts are being credited with interest.’
  • 3Believe (something surprising or unlikely)

    ‘you would hardly credit it—but it was true’
    • ‘Most conservative commentators are either unwilling even to credit the debate or approach it only in the most polemical fashion.’
    • ‘I've been so busy I haven't even checked my email, to find out if he said yes or not - can you credit it?’
    • ‘So startling is the divergence that you can barely credit the evidence before your eyes.’
    • ‘As a former broadcasting journalist of some 17 years or so experience, I cannot credit that anyone actually believes that.’
    • ‘The legendary blues singer may have just turned 72 but you would hardly credit it as the star hits the road for a new six-leg European tour.’
    believe, accept, give credence to, have confidence in, trust, have faith in, rely on, depend on, count on
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  • credit where credit is due

    • Praise given when it is deserved, even if one is reluctant to give it.

      • ‘It gives credit where credit is due, whether it be in the sciences or in philosophy or even in the theologies of other traditions.’
      • ‘He believed in giving credit where credit is due and I will continue that.’
      • ‘I think it's very important to give credit where credit is due.’
      • ‘The New York Times gives credit where credit is due.’
      • ‘However, you must give credit where credit is due.’
      • ‘In this day and age, it's all too easy to criticise service-based industries, rather than give them credit where credit is due.’
      • ‘That said, it's only right and proper to give credit where credit is due, and the crucially important area of housing is one where our Council can hold its head high.’
      • ‘Of course, to give credit where credit is due, I wouldn't have been out there at all if it hadn't been for Tracy.’
      • ‘I'm a big believer in always giving credit where credit is due, and one of the best things a person can do is remind someone that they have the power to take something and make it better.’
      • ‘I suggest to all similar-minded people: please learn to give credit where credit is due, and show a bit of respect and humility to others.’
  • do someone credit (or do credit to someone)

    • Make someone worthy of praise or respect.

      ‘your concern does you credit’
      • ‘They were real, and indignation at injustice does credit to us.’
      • ‘His stated regret at bringing embarrassment to the bank and its staff, and his willingness to match his words with actions, do him credit at the darkest hour of his career.’
      • ‘Your prudence is rare and does you credit, but you may be taking things a tad too far.’
      • ‘This is the first novel for the Canadian author, but his previous work as a journalist does him credit here - he knows just how much of a yarn to unravel for the reader that will always leave them eager for more.’
      • ‘Yet Green's awareness of the need to provide detailed readings of individual works, an awareness that does him credit, obliges him to undertake that task separately, in a discrete section of the book.’
      • ‘‘They've been over-generous really, which does them credit,’ said one.’
      • ‘Your inclination to see the best in people does you credit.’
      • ‘Such humility does him credit as a person but not as manager.’
      • ‘For 45 minutes last night old faces and new responded to the challenge with a combination of passion and pragmatism that did credit to themselves and to their manager.’
      • ‘His fluency and polish in his new role do him credit, although it remains to be seen if this is sufficient.’
  • give someone credit for

    • Commend someone for (a quality or achievement), especially with reluctance or surprise.

      ‘please give me credit for some sense’
      • ‘York City are a better team than they are given credit for.’
      • ‘I think the populace is a lot more astute than they are given credit for.’
      • ‘Elliott is a much better defender than most people give him credit for, as well as being a quality perimeter shooter.’
      • ‘More important, it should be obvious that children are far more resilient than they are given credit for.’
      • ‘Obviously, they are a much better side than they have been given credit for and they dismissed the suggestion, in no uncertain terms, that the team revolves around a number of key players.’
  • have something to one's credit

    • Have achieved something notable.

      ‘he has 65 tournament wins to his credit’
      • ‘In his lifetime, he had several books to his credit.’
      • ‘He has a gold medal to his credit in the same season.’
      • ‘What adds to his versatility is the fact that he has several publications to his credit, including school and college course books and newspaper articles.’
      • ‘The two lads have many successful recordings to their credit.’
      • ‘She has many short stories to her credit and had plans for a second book.’
      • ‘He has many books to his credit and we are all looking forward to his latest.’
      • ‘John Lloyd was engaged to build the church to a design by architect Benjamin Ferrey who had several churches to his credit.’
      • ‘But a dwindling band of reform-minded supporters say the prime minister does have some successes to his credit.’
      • ‘Though young, he has many achievements to his credit.’
      • ‘He was an active member of the badminton club and had many trophies to his credit.’
  • on credit

    • With an arrangement to pay later.

      • ‘Don't be tempted to buy on credit if you can't pay it back.’
      • ‘It is easy to forget the danger of living on credit.’
      • ‘However, try not to buy anything else on credit while you still have this debt, otherwise you'll be back to square one.’
      • ‘We have gone from being a nation who never accepted credit to being one which has no hang-ups about borrowing very considerable amounts on credit.’
      • ‘The party has financed much of its high-spending campaign on credit.’
      • ‘For the next six years I learned to live the way the rest of the world lives, on credit and a precariously balanced checkbook.’
      • ‘Nowadays I do not buy anything on credit, I save for it.’
      • ‘The motoring bills are on a separate computer system - which does not acknowledge payments on credit.’
      • ‘She bought it on credit by claiming she was still on pregnancy leave.’
      • ‘Whitegoods and consumer sundries are all paid for on credit.’
      on hire purchase, on hp, on the hp, by instalments, by deferred payment, on account
      on tick, on the slate
      on the never-never
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  • on the credit side

    • As a good aspect of the situation.

      ‘on the credit side, the text is highly readable’
      • ‘Dunlavin were short one of the stars of the All-Ireland JFC win, Stephen Miley, but on the credit side Paul Allen came on in the second half to play his first championship football of the year.’
      • ‘Cork have yet to produce their best form, Cunningham agrees, but, on the credit side, the team has shown in different games that they are still capable of reaching the heights.’
      • ‘Farrelly will be out for another fortnight with a hamstring injury but, on the credit side, Ricardo Gardner returned to action as a sub on Saturday.’
      • ‘Let's balance up the ledger because drug companies seem to evoke irrational responses despite the fact that, on the credit side of the ledger, modern medicines have led a revolution in improving the health of millions.’
      • ‘In fact White made seven unforced errors by this writer's count, but on the credit side he hit eight nicks in the first game, six in the second and six in the third.’
      • ‘The last item on the credit side of the ledger requires some blunt talk.’
      • ‘On the credit side of the balance sheet, the main difference is in the recognition of anticipated liabilities.’
      • ‘There is one thing that without a doubt belongs on the credit side.’
      • ‘This accomplishment is ever so much on the credit side of his ledger.’
      • ‘Poor decisions cost the Town a Mid-Ulster Cup final place but on the credit side, Newry's battling performance augurs well for their hopes of staying in the Premier league.’
  • to one's credit

    • Used to indicate that something praiseworthy has been achieved, especially despite difficulties.

      ‘to her credit, she had never betrayed a confidence’
      • ‘It is to your credit that you have surrounded yourself with such vibrant young talent at the Weekender.’
      • ‘United, to their credit, never stopped trying but they struggled to create real openings.’
      • ‘But, to their credit, they kept in touch and fought bravely to get back on terms.’
      • ‘It is to your credit that while in prison you have addressed your drug problem.’
      • ‘His mum was desperate to keep him out of trouble and to her credit she achieved that.’
      • ‘Scotland, to their credit in the circumstances, have become difficult to beat at Hampden.’
      • ‘It is to their credit then that City battled through, stuck to their task and came back to claim a point and very nearly all three.’
      • ‘However the organisers have, to their credit, made efforts to ensure its validity.’
      • ‘The home players certainly did not throw in the towel, to their credit.’
      • ‘It is true that, to their credit, many similarly-deprived children did not and do not fall by the wayside.’


Mid 16th century (originally in the senses belief credibility): from French crédit, probably via Italian credito from Latin creditum, neuter past participle of credere believe, trust.