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English definition of “credit”

credit

noun  /ˈkred·ɪt/ us  

credit noun (PAYMENT LATER)

[U] a method of buying goods or services that allows you to pay for them in the future: We bought our sofa on credit. The bank offers small businesses credit.

credit noun (PRAISE)

[C/U] praise or approval, esp. to recognize achievement: [U] You have to give him credit for being so honest. [U] How can he take credit for work he didn’t do?

credit noun (MONEY AVAILABLE)

[C/U] an amount of money available to you because you paid for something earlier, or a record of this money: [C] We returned the clothes and got a store credit. [C/U] A credit is also an amount of money you do not have to pay: [C] a tax credit

credit noun (COURSE UNIT)

[C] a unit of measurement of the value contributed by an educational course to a college degree: Comparative religion is a three-credit course.

credit

verb [T]  /ˈkred·ət/ us  

credit verb [T] (BELIEVE)

to believe or trust something that may not be true: If you can credit what the doctor says, the illness isn’t serious.
creditable
adjective  /ˈkred·ət̬·ə·bəl/ us  
She gave a creditable performance of a woman in love.
(Definition of credit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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