v. [[t]əˈtrɪb yut[/t]] n. [[t]ˈæ trəˌbyut[/t]] v. -ut•ed, -ut•ing, n.
1) to regard as resulting from a specified cause:
She attributes his bad temper to ill health[/ex]
2) to consider as a quality or characteristic of the person, thing, group, etc., indicated:
to attribute intelligence to one's colleagues[/ex]
3) to regard as made or produced by or originating in the person, time, place, etc., indicated:
to attribute a painting to an artist[/ex]
4) a quality, character, characteristic, or property attributed as belonging to a person, thing, group, etc
5) fia an object associated with a character, office, or quality, as the lion skin of Hercules
6) gram. a subordinate word or phrase that serves to limit, particularize, or supplement the meaning of another: In the red house, red is an attribute of
at•tri•bute Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L attribūtus, ptp. of attribuere to allot, assign, attribute at•trib′ut•a•ble, adj. at•trib′ut•er, at•trib′u•tor, n. syn: attribute, ascribe, impute mean to assign something to a definite cause or source. Possibly because of an association with tribute, attribute often has a complimentary connotation: to attribute one's success to a friend's encouragement. ascribe is used in a similar sense, but has a neutral implication: to ascribe an accident to carelessness. impute usu. means to attribute something dishonest or discreditable to a person; it implies blame or accusation: to impute an error to a new employee. See also quality

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