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ascribe

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verb as·cribe \ə-ˈskrīb\

Definition of ascribe

as·cribedas·crib·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author

as·crib·ableplay \-ˈskrī-bə-bəl\ adjective


Examples of ascribe

  1. <ascribed their stunning military victory to good intelligence beforehand>



Origin of ascribe

Middle English, from Latin ascribere, from ad- + scribere to write — more at scribe


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ascribe

ascribe, attribute, assign, impute, credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing. ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship <forged paintings formerly ascribed to masters>. attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe , less definiteness than assign <attributed to Rembrandt but possibly done by an associate>. assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation <assigned the bones to the Cretaceous period>. impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame <tried to impute sinister motives to my actions>. credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation <credited his teammates for his success>.



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