Meaning of CREDIT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kredɪt ]

( credits, crediting, credited)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you are allowed credit , you are allowed to pay for goods or services several weeks or months after you have received them.

The group can’t get credit to buy farming machinery...

You can ask a dealer for a discount whether you pay cash or buy on credit.

N-UNCOUNT : oft on N


If someone or their bank account is in credit , their bank account has money in it. ( mainly BRIT )

The idea that I could be charged when I’m in credit makes me very angry...

Interest is payable on credit balances.

N-UNCOUNT : in N , N n


When a sum of money is credited to an account, the bank adds that sum of money to the total in the account.

She noticed that only $80,000 had been credited to her account...

Midland decided to change the way it credited payments to accounts...

Interest is calculated daily and credited once a year, on 1 April.

≠ debit

VERB : be V-ed to n , V n to n , be V-ed , also V n


A credit is a sum of money which is added to an account.

The statement of total debits and credits is known as a balance.

≠ debit



A credit is an amount of money that is given to someone.

Senator Bill Bradley outlined his own tax cut, giving families $350 in tax credits per child...

= allowance



If you get the credit for something good, people praise you because you are responsible for it, or are thought to be responsible for it.

It would be wrong for us to take all the credit...

Some of the credit for her relaxed manner must go to Andy.

≠ blame

N-UNCOUNT : oft the N for n / -ing


If people credit someone with an achievement or if it is credited to them, people say or believe that they were responsible for it.

The staff are crediting him with having saved Hythe’s life...

The screenplay for ‘Gabriel Over the White House’ is credited to Carey Wilson.

VERB : V n with -ing / n , be V-ed to n , also V n to n


If you credit someone with a quality, you believe or say that they have it.

I wonder why you can’t credit him with the same generosity of spirit...

VERB : V n with n


If you say that someone is a credit to someone or something, you mean that their qualities or achievements will make people have a good opinion of the person or thing mentioned.

He is one of the greatest British players of recent times and is a credit to his profession.

≠ disgrace

N-SING : a N to n


The list of people who helped to make a film, a CD, or a television programme is called the credits .

N-COUNT : usu pl


A credit is a successfully completed part of a higher education course. At some universities and colleges you need a certain number of credits to be awarded a degree.



If you say that something does someone credit , you mean that they should be praised or admired because of it.

You’re a nice girl, Lettie, and your kind heart does you credit.

PHRASE : V inflects


To give someone credit for a good quality means to believe that they have it.

Bratbakk had more ability than the media gave him credit for.

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR n


You say on the credit side in order to introduce one or more good things about a situation or person, usually when you have already mentioned the bad things about them.

On the credit side, he’s always been wonderful with his mother.

PHRASE : PHR with cl


If something is to someone’s credit , they deserve praise for it.

She had managed to pull herself together and, to her credit, continued to look upon life as a positive experience...

PHRASE : PHR with cl , it v-link PHR that


If you already have one or more achievements to your credit , you have achieved them.

I have twenty novels and countless magazine stories to my credit.


Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.