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To give official authorization or status. To recognize as having sufficient academic standards to qualify graduates for higher education or for professional practice. In International 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.
accreditverb accept, affirm, approve, authenticate, authorize, certify, confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction, vouch for
Associated concepts: accredited law school, accredited reppesentative
See also: agree, allow, approve, ascribe, authorize, bestow, certify, concur, confirm, corroborate, cosign, countenance, delegate, empower, honor, indorse, notarize, qualify, seal, sign, support, trust, verify
TO ACCREDIT, international law. The act by which a diplomatic agent is acknowledged by the government near which he is sent. This at once makes his public character known, and becomes his protection.