The word credit can have many meanings — from giving someone the recognition they deserve, to providing goods or services for payment that comes at a later date.

The meanings of credit don't end with borrowing money to pay at a later date or giving someone your approval. Colleges offer credits for each course in which their students enroll. A volunteer who raises thousands of dollars each year is a credit — or source of pride — to his charitable organization. Add an -s to the end of the word, and you have the scroll of names at the end of a movie.

Definitions of credit
  1. noun
    an estimate, based on previous dealings, of a person's or an organization's ability to fulfill their financial commitments
    synonyms: credit rating
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    approximation, estimate, estimation, idea
    an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
  2. noun
    arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services
    synonyms: deferred payment
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    cash, immediate payment
    prompt payment for goods or services in currency or by check
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    a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
  3. noun
    money available for a client to borrow
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    cheap money
    credit available at low rates of interest
    export credit
    a credit opened by an importer with a bank in an exporter's country to finance an export operation
    import credit
    credit opened by an importer at a bank in his own country upon which an exporter may draw
    bank line, credit line, line, line of credit, personal credit line, personal line of credit
    the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
    commercial credit
    credit granted by a bank to a business concern for commercial purposes
    letter of credit
    a document issued by a bank that guarantees the payment of a customer's draft; substitutes the bank's credit for the customer's credit
    consumer credit
    a line of credit extended for personal or household use
    commercial letter of credit
    a letter of credit given to a business concern for commercial purposes
    traveler's letter of credit, traveller's letter of credit
    a letter of credit given to a traveler
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    anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
  4. noun
    an accounting entry acknowledging income or capital items
    synonyms: credit entry
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    debit, debit entry
    an accounting entry acknowledging sums that are owing
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    accounting entry, entry, ledger entry
    a written record of a commercial transaction
  5. verb
    accounting: enter as credit
    “We credit your account with $100”
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    enter as debit
    sell or provide on credit
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    account, calculate
    keep an account of
  6. noun
    “he was given credit for his work”
    “give her credit for trying”
    synonyms: recognition
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    commemoration, memorial, remembrance
    a recognition of meritorious service
    ovation, standing ovation
    enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)
    salutation, salute
    an act of honor or courteous recognition
    a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person
    a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar
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    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
  7. noun
    recognition by a college or university that a course of studies has been successfully completed; typically measured in semester hours
    synonyms: course credit
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    credit hour, semester hour
    a unit of academic credit; one hour a week for an academic semester
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    the act of achieving an aim
  8. noun
    used in the phrase `to your credit' in order to indicate an achievement deserving praise
    “she already had several performances to her credit
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    accomplishment, achievement
    the action of accomplishing something
  9. verb
    ascribe an achievement to
    “She was not properly credited in the program”
    synonyms: accredit
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    ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
    attribute or credit to
  10. noun
    a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
    synonyms: acknowledgment, citation, cite, mention, quotation, reference
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    photo credit
    a note acknowledging the source of a published photograph
    cross-index, cross-reference
    a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work
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    annotation, notation, note
    a comment or instruction (usually added)
  11. 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”
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    a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work
  12. verb
    give someone credit for something
    “We credited her for saving our jobs”
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    ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
    attribute or credit to
  13. verb
    have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of
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    credit with veracity
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    bank, rely, swear, trust
    have confidence or faith in
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