What does Credit mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term Credit:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. recognition, credit(noun)


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

  2. credit(noun)

    money available for a client to borrow

  3. credit, credit entry(noun)

    an accounting entry acknowledging income or capital items

  4. credit(noun)

    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 payment(noun)

    arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services

  6. credit, course credit(noun)

    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, quotation(noun)

    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. credit(noun)

    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, credit(verb)

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

  10. credit(verb)

    give someone credit for something

    "We credited her for saving our jobs"

  11. accredit, credit(verb)

    ascribe an achievement to

    "She was not properly credited in the program"

  12. credit(verb)

    accounting: enter as credit

    "We credit your account with $100"

  13. credit(verb)

    have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of


  1. credit(Noun)

    Recognition and respect.

  2. credit(Noun)

    Acknowledgement of a contribution, especially in the performing arts.

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

  3. credit(Noun)

    A written title shown with a film or video.

    They kissed, and then the credits rolled.

  4. credit(Noun)

    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. credit(Noun)

    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. credit(Noun)

    An addition to certain accounts.

  7. credit(Noun)

    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. credit(Noun)

    A source of value, distinction or honour.

    That engineer is a credit to the team.

  9. credit(Noun)

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

  10. credit(Verb)

    To believe.

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

  11. credit(Verb)

    To add to an account (confer debit.)

  12. credit(Verb)

    To acknowledge a contribution.

  13. credit(Noun)

    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. credit(Noun)

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

    Dude, I just need 3 more credits to graduate u2013 I can take socio-linguistics of Swahili if I want.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Credit(noun)

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

  2. Credit(noun)

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

  3. Credit(noun)

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

  4. Credit(noun)

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

  5. Credit(noun)

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

  6. Credit(noun)

    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. Credit(noun)

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

  8. Credit(noun)

    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. Credit(verb)

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

  10. Credit(verb)

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

  11. Credit(verb)

    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. Origin: [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.

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. triced

  2. direct


  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

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