What does credit mean?

Definitions for credit
ˈkrɛd ɪtcred·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recognition, creditnoun


    "give her recognition for trying"; "he was given credit for his work"; "give her credit for trying"

  2. creditnoun

    money available for a client to borrow

  3. credit, credit entrynoun

    an accounting entry acknowledging income or capital items

  4. creditnoun

    used in the phrase `to your credit' in order to indicate an achievement deserving praise

    "she already had several performances to her credit";

  5. credit, deferred paymentnoun

    arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services

  6. credit, course creditnoun

    recognition by a college or university that a course of studies has been successfully completed; typically measured in semester hours

  7. citation, cite, acknowledgment, credit, reference, mention, quotationnoun

    a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

    "the student's essay failed to list several important citations"; "the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"; "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"

  8. creditnoun

    an entry on a list of persons who contributed to a film or written work

    "the credits were given at the end of the film"

  9. credit rating, creditverb

    an estimate, based on previous dealings, of a person's or an organization's ability to fulfill their financial commitments

  10. creditverb

    give someone credit for something

    "We credited her for saving our jobs"

  11. accredit, creditverb

    ascribe an achievement to

    "She was not properly credited in the program"

  12. creditverb

    accounting: enter as credit

    "We credit your account with $100"

  13. creditverb

    have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of


  1. creditnoun

    Recognition and respect.

  2. creditnoun

    Acknowledgement of a contribution, especially in the performing arts.

    She received a singing credit in last year's operetta.

  3. creditnoun

    A written title shown with a film or video.

    They kissed, and then the credits rolled.

  4. creditnoun

    A privilege of delayed payment extended to a buyer or borrower on the seller's or lender's belief that what is given will be repaid.

    In view of your payment record, we are happy to extend further credit to you.

  5. creditnoun

    A person's credit rating or creditworthiness, as represented by their history of borrowing and repayment (or non payment).

    What do you mean my credit is no good?

  6. creditnoun

    An addition to certain accounts.

  7. creditnoun

    A reduction in taxes owed, or a refund for excess taxes paid.

    Didn't you know that the IRS will refund any excess payroll taxes that you paid if you use the 45(B) general business credit?

  8. creditnoun

    A source of value, distinction or honour.

    That engineer is a credit to the team.

  9. creditnoun

    An arbitrary unit of value, used in many token economies.

  10. creditverb

    To believe.

    Someone said there had been over 100,000 people there, but I can't credit that.

  11. creditverb

    To add to an account (confer debit.)

  12. creditverb

    To acknowledge a contribution.

  13. creditnoun

    Recognition for having taken a course (class).

    If you do not come to class, you will not get credit for the class, regardless of how well you do on the final.

  14. creditnoun

    A , a credit hour – used as measure if enough courses have been taken for graduation.

    Dude, I just need 3 more credits to graduate I can take socio-linguistics of Swahili if I want.

  15. Etymology: For verb: from creditus, past participle of credere

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CREDITnoun

    Etymology: credit, French.

    When the people heard these words, they gave no credit unto them, nor received them. 1 Mac. x. 46.

    I may give credit to reports. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 130.

    Some secret truths, from learned pride conceal’d,
    To maids alone and children are reveal’d:
    What though no credit doubting wits may give,
    The fair and innocent shall still believe. Alexander Pope, Ra. of Lock.

    I published, because I was told I might please such as it was a credit to please. Alexander Pope.

    There is no decaying merchant, or inward beggar, hath so many tricks to uphold the credit of their wealth, as these empty persons have to maintain the credit of their sufficiency. Francis Bacon.

    His learning, though a poet said it,
    Before a play, would lose no credit. Jonathan Swift.

    Yes, while I live, no rich or noble knave,
    Shall walk the world in credit to his grave. Alexander Pope, Hor. b. ii.

    We are contented to take this upon your credit, and to think it may be. Richard Hooker, b. iv. sect. 12.

    The things which we properly believe, be only such as are received upon the credit of divine testimony. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    The author would have done well to have left so great a paradox only to the credit of a single assertion. John Locke.

    Credit is nothing but the expectation of money, within some limited time. John Locke.

    They have never thought of violating the publick credit, or of alienating the revenues to other uses than to what they have been thus assigned. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    She employed his uttermost credit to relieve us, which was as great as a beloved son with a mother. Philip Sidney.

    They sent him likewise a copy of their supplication to the king, and desired him to use his credit that a treaty might be entered into. Edward Hyde, b. ii.

    Having credit enough with his master to provide for his own interest, he troubled not himself for that of other men. Edward Hyde.

  2. To Creditverb

    Etymology: credo, Latin.

    Now I change my mind,
    And partly credit things that do presage. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæs.

    To credit the unintelligibility both of this union and motion, we need no more than to consider it. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 4.

    May here her monument stand so,
    To credit this rude age; and show
    To future times, that even we
    Some patterns did of virtue see. Edmund Waller.

    It was not upon design to credit these papers, nor to compliment a society so much above flattery. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. Pref.

    At present you credit the church as much by your government, as you did the school formerly by your wit. South.


  1. Credit

    Credit (from Latin credit, "(he/she/it) believes") is the trust which allows one party to provide money or resources to another party wherein the second party does not reimburse the first party immediately (thereby generating a debt), but promises either to repay or return those resources (or other materials of equal value) at a later date. In other words, credit is a method of making reciprocity formal, legally enforceable, and extensible to a large group of unrelated people. The resources provided may be financial (e.g. granting a loan), or they may consist of goods or services (e.g. consumer credit). Credit encompasses any form of deferred payment. Credit is extended by a creditor, also known as a lender, to a debtor, also known as a borrower.


  1. credit

    Credit is a financial arrangement where one party (usually a lender or creditor) provides funds or goods to another party (usually a borrower or debtor) with the understanding that the borrower will repay the amount borrowed plus any agreed-upon fees or interest over a specified period of time. It represents the trust and confidence given by the lender to the borrower, allowing the borrower to obtain resources for immediate use with the promise of repayment in the future.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Creditnoun

    reliance on the truth of something said or done; belief; faith; trust; confidence

  2. Creditnoun

    reputation derived from the confidence of others; esteem; honor; good name; estimation

  3. Creditnoun

    a ground of, or title to, belief or confidence; authority derived from character or reputation

  4. Creditnoun

    that which tends to procure, or add to, reputation or esteem; an honor

  5. Creditnoun

    influence derived from the good opinion, confidence, or favor of others; interest

  6. Creditnoun

    trust given or received; expectation of future playment for property transferred, or of fulfillment or promises given; mercantile reputation entitling one to be trusted; -- applied to individuals, corporations, communities, or nations; as, to buy goods on credit

  7. Creditnoun

    the time given for payment for lands or goods sold on trust; as, a long credit or a short credit

  8. Creditnoun

    the side of an account on which are entered all items reckoned as values received from the party or the category named at the head of the account; also, any one, or the sum, of these items; -- the opposite of debit; as, this sum is carried to one's credit, and that to his debit; A has several credits on the books of B

  9. Creditverb

    to confide in the truth of; to give credence to; to put trust in; to believe

  10. Creditverb

    to bring honor or repute upon; to do credit to; to raise the estimation of

  11. Creditverb

    to enter upon the credit side of an account; to give credit for; as, to credit the amount paid; to set to the credit of; as, to credit a man with the interest paid on a bond

  12. Etymology: [F. crdit (cf. It. credito), L. creditum loan, prop. neut. of creditus, p. p. of credere to trust, loan, believe. See Creed.]


  1. Credit

    Credit is the trust which allows one party to provide resources to another party where that second party does not reimburse the first party immediately, but instead arranges either to repay or return those resources at a later date. The resources provided may be financial, or they may consist of goods or services. Credit encompasses any form of deferred payment. Credit is extended by a creditor, also known as a lender, to a debtor, also known as a borrower. Credit does not necessarily require money. The credit concept can be applied in barter economies as well, based on the direct exchange of goods and services. However, in modern societies credit is usually denominated by a unit of account. Unlike money, credit itself cannot act as a unit of account. Movements of financial capital are normally dependent on either credit or equity transfers. Credit is in turn dependent on the reputation or creditworthiness of the entity which takes responsibility for the funds. Credit is also traded in financial markets. The purest form is the credit default swap market, which is essentially a traded market in credit insurance. A credit default swap represents the price at which two parties exchange this risk – the protection "seller" takes the risk of default of the credit in return for a payment, commonly denoted in basis points of the notional amount to be referenced, while the protection "buyer" pays this premium and in the case of default of the underlying, delivers this receivable to the protection seller and receives from the seller the par amount.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. credit

    The lifeblood of commerce.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    Something for nothing. CREDITOR Something with nothing.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Credit is ranked #32169 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Credit surname appeared 717 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Credit.

    62.3% or 447 total occurrences were Black.
    31.5% or 226 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 18 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'credit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1460

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'credit' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2165

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'credit' in Nouns Frequency: #612

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'credit' in Verbs Frequency: #1103

Anagrams for credit »

  1. direct

  2. triced

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of credit in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of credit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of credit in a Sentence

  1. Alphonse Desjardins, The Canadian credit union pioneer made the remarks in a speech in the early 1900s.:

    A credit union is not an ordinary financial concern, seeking to enrich its members at the expense of the general public. Neither is it a loan company, seeking to make a profit at the expense of the unfortunates… The credit union is nothing of the kind; it is the expression in the field of economics of a high social ideal.

  2. Robert Sutton:

    If you give other people credit, two things happen : You get as much credit as if you said :' I did this myself,' and you also get the additional attribution of generosity and making people feel better that you gave them credit.

  3. Kevin King:

    Patient fraudsters will try and mimic the patterns of young people or new immigrants – accepting poor credit offers at first and paying them off, to build up their credit score – with the ultimate goal of accessing big credit lines and charging off for large financial gain.

  4. Tyler Gregory:

    If repairing one's credit is as easy as sending some dispute letters to the credit bureaus then why doesn't everyone have good credit?

  5. Samuel Adams:

    Give credit to whom credit due.

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Translations for credit

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  • ائتمانArabic
  • кредит, вярвам, вяра, довериеBulgarian
  • připsatCzech
  • Kreditwürdigkeit, KreditGerman
  • créditoSpanish
  • کردیتPersian
  • lopputekstit, luottokelpoisuus, krediitti, kunniamaininta, vahvuus, kunnia, hyvitys, uskoa, maksuaika, usko, luottamus, palautus, tunnustus, opintopiste, suorituspiste, suoritus, tunnustuspalkinto, hyvittää, luottotiedot, piste, antaa tunnustus, voimavara, vähennys, luotto, pisteetFinnish
  • reconnaissance, mérite, créditFrench
  • creideasScottish Gaelic
  • אשראיHebrew
  • hitelHungarian
  • riconoscimento, creditoItalian
  • 信用, クレジットタイトル, 単位, クレジット, 奥付Japanese
  • krediet, toeschrijven, geloof hechten aan, toedenken, crediteren, geloven, betalingsuitstel, lof, kredietwaardigheid, saldo, lofbetuigingDutch
  • kreditereNorwegian
  • crédito, acreditarPortuguese
  • creditRomanian
  • кредитова́ть, пове́рить, дове́рие, припи́сывать, ве́рить, очко́, заслу́га, дове́рить, ве́ра, доверя́ть, приписа́ть, креди́т, зачётRussian
  • vjerovatiSerbo-Croatian
  • erkännande, kredit, krediteraSwedish
  • పరపతిTelugu
  • tín dụngVietnamese
  • קרעדיטYiddish
  • 信用Chinese

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    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    • A. aspiration
    • B. integrity
    • C. rogue
    • D. model

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