Meaning of CREDIT in English


I. ˈkre-dit noun

Etymology: Middle French, from Old Italian credito, from Latin creditum something entrusted to another, loan, from neuter of creditus, past participle of credere to believe, entrust — more at creed

Date: 1537

1. : reliance on the truth or reality of something

gave credit to everything he said


a. : the balance in a person's favor in an account

b. : an amount or sum placed at a person's disposal by a bank

c. : the provision of money, goods, or services with the expectation of future payment

long-term credit

also : money, goods, or services so provided

exhausted their credit


(1) : an entry on the right-hand side of an account constituting an addition to a revenue, net worth, or liability account

(2) : a deduction from an expense or asset account

e. : any one of or the sum of the items entered on the right-hand side of an account

f. : a deduction from an amount otherwise due


a. : influence or power derived from enjoying the confidence of another or others

b. : good name : esteem ; also : financial or commercial trustworthiness

4. archaic : credibility

5. : a source of honor

a credit to the school


a. : something that gains or adds to reputation or esteem : honor

took no credit for his kindly act

b. : recognition , acknowledgment

quite willing to accept undeserved credit

7. : recognition by name of a person contributing to a performance (as a film or telecast)

the opening credit s


a. : recognition by a school or college that a student has fulfilled a requirement leading to a degree

b. : credit hour

Synonyms: see belief , influence

II. transitive verb

Etymology: partly from credit (I); partly from Latin creditus, past participle

Date: circa 1530

1. : to trust in the truth of : believe

find his story hard to credit

2. : to supply goods on credit to

3. archaic : to bring credit or honor upon


a. : to enter upon the credit side of an account

b. : to place an amount to the credit of

credit his account with ten dollars


a. : to consider usually favorably as the source, agent, or performer of an action or the possessor of a trait

credit s him with an excellent sense of humor

b. : to attribute to some person

they credit the invention to him

Synonyms: see ascribe

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.