Definition of ascribe
: to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author : to say or think that (something) is caused by, comes from, or is associated with a particular person or thing These poems are usually ascribed to Homer. They ascribe most of their success to good timing and good luck. She ascribes no importance to having a lot of money.
ascribableplay \-ˈskrī-bə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of ascribe in a sentence
ascribed their stunning military victory to good intelligence beforehand
Origin and Etymology 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of ascribe for Students
: to think of as coming from a specified cause, source, or author They ascribed his success to nothing more than good luck.
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