ascribe

verb as·cribe \ ə-ˈskrīb \

Definition of ascribe

ascribed; ascribing
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.

ascribable

play \-ˈskrī-bə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of ascribe in a Sentence

  1. ascribed their stunning military victory to good intelligence beforehand

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Origin and Etymology of ascribe

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

ascribe Synonyms

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


ASCRIBE Defined for Kids

ascribe

verb as·cribe \ ə-ˈskrīb \

Definition of ascribe for Students

ascribed; ascribing
: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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