Define: Credit

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Credit

What is the dictionary definition of Credit?

Dictionary Definition

  1. Accounting: An entry on the right-hand side of an account record in double-entry bookkeeping. It has the effect of decreasing an asset or expense account, or of increasing a capital, liability, or revenue account. Related: debit.
  2. Banking: Purchasing power created by banks through lending based on the fractional reserve system.
  3. Commerce: An agreement based largely on trust under which goods, services, or money is exchanged against a promise to pay later. Also called commercial credit.
    Short form of the term letter of credit.


  • Reliance on the truth of something said or done; faith; trust.
  • uncountable Recognition and respect.
  • countable Acknowledgement of a contribution, especially in the performing arts.


Examples of Credit in a sentence

He didn’t have enough cash to pay for a holiday this year, so he decided to take out a loan and purchase it on credit.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Credit. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. February 26, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Credit. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: February 26, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Credit. Retrieved February 26, 2020, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Credit are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 10th December 2019.