Meaning of CREDIT in English

CREDIT

■ noun

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

↘money lent or made available under such an arrangement.

2》 an entry in an account recording a sum received.

3》 public acknowledgement or praise given for an achievement or quality.

↘a source of pride: the fans are a ~ to the club.

4》 (also ~ title ) an item in a list displayed at the beginning or end of a film or programme, acknowledging a contributor's role.

5》 chiefly N. Amer. the acknowledgement of a student's completion of a course or activity that counts towards a degree or diploma.

↘ Brit. a grade above a pass in an examination.

6》 archaic credibility.

↘good reputation.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ing , ~ed )

1》 publicly acknowledge someone as a participant in the production of (something published or broadcast).

↘( ~ someone with ) ascribe (an achievement or good quality) to someone.

2》 add (an amount of money) to an account.

3》 Brit. believe (something surprising or unlikely).

Phrases

be in ~ (of an account) have money in it.

do someone ~ make someone worthy of praise or respect.

have something to one's ~ have achieved something notable.

on ~ with an arrangement to pay later.

Origin

C16: from Fr. crédit , prob. via Ital. ~o from L. ~um , neut. past participle of credere 'believe, trust'.

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