ac·cred·it / əˈkredit/ • v. (-it·ed, -it·ing) 1. give credit (to someone) for: accredited with being our leading citizen. ∎ attribute (an action, saying, or quality) to: the discovery of distillation is usually accredited to the Arabs.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.3. give official authorization for (someone, typically a diplomat or journalist) to be in a particular place or to hold a particular post: ambassadors accredited to Baghdad.DERIVATIVES: ac·cred·i·ta·tion / əˌkrediˈtāshən/ n.
To give official authorization or status. To recognize as having sufficient academic standards to qualify graduates for higher education or for professional practice. Ininternational law: (1) To acknowledge; to receive as an envoy and give that person credit and rank accordingly. (2) To send with credentials as an envoy. This latter use is now the accepted one.