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cred·it  (krdt)
1. Belief or confidence in the truth of something. See Synonyms at belief.
2. A reputation for sound character or quality; standing: It is to their credit that they worked so hard without complaining.
3. A source of honor or distinction: This exceptional athlete is a credit to our team.
4. Recognition or approval for an act, ability, or quality: gave them credit for a job well done.
5. Influence based on the good opinion or confidence of others.
6. An acknowledgment of work done, as in the production of a motion picture or publication. Often used in the plural: At the end of the film we stayed to watch the credits.
a. Official certification or recognition that a student has successfully completed a course of study: He received full credit for his studies at a previous school.
b. A unit of study so certified: This course carries three credits.
8. Reputation for solvency and integrity entitling a person to be trusted in buying or borrowing: You should have no trouble getting the loan if your credit is good.
a. An arrangement for deferred payment of a loan or purchase: a store that offers credit; bought my stereo on credit.
b. The terms governing such an arrangement: low prices and easy credit.
c. The time allowed for deferred payment: an automatic 30-day credit on all orders.
10. Accounting
a. The deduction of a payment made by a debtor from an amount due.
b. The right-hand side of an account on which such amounts are entered.
c. An entry or the sum of the entries on this side.
d. The positive balance or amount remaining in a persons account.
e. A credit line.
tr.v. cred·it·ed, cred·it·ing, cred·its
1. To believe in; trust: She refused steadfastly to credit the reports of his death (Agatha Christie).
a. To regard as having performed an action or being endowed with a quality: had to credit them with good intentions.
b. To ascribe to a person; attribute: credit the invention to him. See Synonyms at attribute.
3. Accounting
a. To enter as a credit: credited $500 to her account.
b. To make a credit entry in: credit an account.
4. To give or award an educational credit to.
5. Archaic To bring honor or distinction to.

[French, from Old French, from Old Italian credito, from Latin crditum, loan, from neuter past participle of crdere, to entrust; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

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