When you're accredited in your profession, you've shown that you meet certain standards. Schools and colleges are accredited by various educational organizations, dentists are accredited by the American Dental Association, and other professionals are accredited by their own organizations.

  • Pronuncation: /əˈkredɪtɪd/
  • English Description: having official approval to do something, especially because of having reached an acceptable standard
  • Chinese Translation: a. 可接受的(Ke3 Jie1 Shou4 de); 公认的(Gong1 Ren4 de); 可信任的(Ke3 Xin4 Ren4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: acreditado

  • STORY: The key to accredited is the word in the middle: credit. If you give someone credit, you praise them and recognize something they've done. Accredited is similar: If you’re a school or a doctor or another kind of professional, being accredited means you've been tested and evaluated by an outside person or committee and these specialists agree that you meet the standards of that profession. When people hire you, they can be assured that you know what you’re doing.


  • Necessity as the mother of invention in legal education, continued:  The two accredited law schools located in St. Paul, Minnesota, announced plans to merge--Forbes Feb 17, 2015
  • The school is not recognized by the state and does not award accredited diplomas.