ascribe

verb
as·​cribe | \ ə-ˈskrīb How to pronounce ascribe (audio) \
ascribed; ascribing

Definition of ascribe

transitive verb

: 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.

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Other Words from ascribe

ascribable \ -​ˈskrī-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce ascribable (audio) \ adjective

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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

Examples of ascribe in a Sentence

ascribed their stunning military victory to good intelligence beforehand

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The average consumer might ascribe the declining price to a variant of Moore’s law. Ashwin Rodrigues, Fortune, "Your Smart TV Is Getting Too Smart for Your Own Good," 21 July 2019 In the early 1980s, Gary Sinise and John Malkovich both saw and were ascribed great personal resonance in theses characters. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘True West’ is back at Steppenwolf, wrestling with the ghosts of Malkovich, Sinise and Shepard," 15 July 2019 The patronizing left does not ascribe agency to any other peoples, but the fact is this, people respond to incentives. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Trump followers complicit in atrocities he’s committing," 15 July 2019 Each year, sports-videogame developers strive to capture the on-field talent of hundreds of athletes in their games, ascribing numerical ratings to player skills. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Pro Athletes Beg and Whine For Faster, Stronger Videogame Doubles," 27 Sep. 2018 Several fatalities have been ascribed to bull sharks. Gavin Naylor, The Conversation, "Shark Week looms, but don’t panic," 25 July 2019 The most explosive revelations concern the motive Bugliosi ascribed to Manson. Stephen Phillips, latimes.com, "What really happened in the Manson murders? ‘Chaos’ casts doubt on Helter Skelter theory," 12 July 2019 That said, the word intelligence does not adequately explain what is occurring, and ascribing anthropomorphic qualities to AI is out of order. The Atlantic, "The Metamorphosis," 11 July 2019 But that should not mislead us into thinking that most students simply ascribe to the mob’s views. Sahil Handa, National Review, "What Conservatives Get Wrong about the Campus Wars," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of ascribe

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ascribe

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

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ascribe

verb
as·​cribe | \ ə-ˈskrīb How to pronounce ascribe (audio) \
ascribed; ascribing

Kids Definition of ascribe

: 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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