Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

credit - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun credit pronunciation in American English /ˈkredɪt/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [uncountable] an arrangement to receive goods from a store or money from a bank and pay for it later
    on credit:

    I don’t like buying things on credit.

    give/offer credit:

    Some suppliers will not give credit to their customers.

    interest-free credit:

    You can get interest-free credit on all our products.

  2. 2
    [countable] an amount of money that you have a right to, for example money that you can use to pay part of your tax bill

    These tax credits are designed to help offset the costs of child-care.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] praise for something you have done or achieved
    take the credit:

    He always takes the credit for my ideas.

    credit for:

    You deserve credit for making him change his mind.

  4. 4
    [countable] a part of a college or university program that you have completed successfully

    This course counts as three credits toward your degree.

  5. 5
    [countable] an amount of money that you add to an account. An amount of money that you take out of an account is a debit

    All credits, debits, and charges will show on your bank statement.

    the credit column of a balance sheet

  6. 6
    [countable] a movie, television show, play, etc. that a particular person has worked on

    a director whose television credits include NYPD Blue

  7. 7

    the credits

    [plural] a list of the people involved in making a movie or television show that is shown at the end or beginning of it
    the closing/end/opening credits:

    The song plays over the opening credits.


sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an electric skateboard

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play