Word forms: credits
1. uncountable noun [oft on N] If you are allowed credit, you are allowed to pay for goods or services several weeks or months after you have received them. ⇒ The group can't get credit to buy farming machinery. ⇒ You can ask a dealer for a discount whether you pay cash or buy on credit. 2. uncountable noun [in N, N n]
If someone or their bank account is in credit, their bank account has money in it. [mainly British] in the black ⇒ The idea that I could be charged when I'm in credit makes me very angry. ⇒ I made sure the account stayed in credit. ⇒ Interest is payable on credit balances.
3. verb When a sum of money is credited to an account, the bank adds that sum of money to the total in the account. [be V-ed + to] ⇒ She noticed that only $80,000 had been credited to her account. [V n + to] ⇒ Midland decided to change the way it credited payments to accounts. [be V-ed] ⇒ Interest is calculated daily and credited once a year, on 1 April. [Also V n] 4. countable noun
A credit is a sum of money which is added to an account. ⇒ The statement of total debits and credits is known as a balance.
5. countable noun A credit is an amount of money that is given to someone. ⇒ Senator Bill Bradley outlined his own tax cut, giving families $350 in tax credits per child. ⇒ Japan has provided about $2.5 billion in credits to Russia and about $50 million in direct aid. 6. uncountable noun If you get the credit for something good, people praise you because you are responsible for it, or are thought to be responsible for it. ⇒ We don't mind who gets the credit so long as we don't get the blame. ⇒ It would be wrong for us to take all the credit. [+ for] ⇒ Some of the credit for her relaxed manner must go to Andy. 7. verb If people credit someone with an achievement or if it is credited to them, people say or believe that they were responsible for it. [V n + with] ⇒ The staff are crediting him with having saved Hythe's life. [V n with -ing/n] ⇒ The 74-year-old mayor is credited with helping make Los Angeles the financial capital of the West Coast. [be V-ed + to] ⇒ The screenplay for 'Gabriel Over the White House' is credited to Carey Wilson. [Also V n + to, V + with] 8. verb
If you credit someone with a quality, you believe or say that they have it. [V n + with] ⇒ I wonder why you can't credit him with the same generosity of spirit. [V n with n] ⇒ They are crediting science with power it doesn't possess.
9. singular noun If you say that someone is a credit to someone or something, you mean that their qualities or achievements will make people have a good opinion of the person or thing mentioned. [+ to] ⇒ He is one of the greatest British players of recent times and is a credit to his profession. 10. verb [no cont, with brd-neg]
If you cannot credit something, you cannot believe that it is true. believe [V n] ⇒ Roosevelt either did not learn of the scandal or refused to credit what he heard. [V that] ⇒ It seems hard to credit that such things went on among senior Directors.
11. countable noun [usu pl] The list of people who helped to make a film, a CD, or a television programme is called the credits. ⇒ The star Marlon Brando wants his name removed from the credits. ⇒ ...a moviegoer who remains in his seat until the credits are over.
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