AskDefine | Define accredit

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1 grant credentials to; "The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution"; "recognize an academic degree" [syn: recognize, recognise]
2 provide or send (envoys or embassadors) with official credentials
3 give credit for; "She was not properly credited in the program" [syn: credit]

User Contributed Dictionary



French accréditer; à (Latin ad) + crédit credit. See credit.




  1. To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction.
    • His censure will ... accredit his praises. - Cowper
    • These reasons ... which accredit and fortify mine opinion. - Shelton
  2. To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate.
    • Beton ... was accredited to the Court of France. - Froude
  3. To believe; to credit; to put trust in.
    • The version of early Roman history which was accredited in the fifth century. - Sir G. C. Lewis
    • He accredited and repeated stories of apparitions and witchcraft. - Southey
  4. To credit; to vouch for or consider (some one) as doing something, or (something) as belonging to some one; as To accredit (one) with (something), to attribute something to him; as, Mr. Clay was accredited with these views; they accredit him with a wise saying.

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Extensive Definition

Accreditation is a process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented.
Organizations that issue credentials or certify third parties against official standards are themselves formally accredited by the standards bodies; hence they are sometimes known as "accredited certification bodies". The accreditation process ensures that their certification practices are acceptable, typically meaning that they are competent to test and certify third parties, behave ethically, and employ suitable quality assurance.
One example of accreditation is the accreditation of testing laboratories and certification specialists that are permitted to issue official certificates of compliance with established standards, such as physical, chemical, forensic, quality, and security standards.
Accreditation processes are used in a wide variety of fields:
accredit in Czech: Akreditace
accredit in Dutch: Accreditatie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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