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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Some investors have ascribed the fading power of earnings to unease over the fact that profit growth appears to have peaked for the remainder of the bull market. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Slowing Earnings Growth, Gloomy Forecasts Add to Stock Market’s Woes," 13 Jan. 2019 Its Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol, ascribed this to the uncertainties created by politics. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 The recriminations that invariably follow an improbable event all too often ascribe an inevitability to a result which wasn’t inevitable at all and which in truth can most honestly be credited simply to bad luck. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "Welcome To The Highly Probable World of Improbability," 5 July 2018 Since the dawn of history, human societies have ascribed sacred status to certain places. John Healey, John Halley And Kalliopi Stara, Smithsonian, "Sacred Sites Can Also Be Hotspots of Conservation," 17 May 2018 As the article and other anthropological research explains, humans have been ascribing weather prediction abilities to animals for some time — like forever. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "The truth about Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil is 131-year-old fake news," 2 Feb. 2018 Yet as more value is ascribed to citizens’ information, that is starting to change. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Europe’s antitrust cop, Margrethe Vestager, has Facebook and Google in her crosshairs," 12 May 2018 For the record, Messrs. Rajan, Panagariya and Subramanian do not ascribe their departures to domestic criticism. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Gita Gopinath and India’s Brain Drain," 4 Oct. 2018 Given the symbolism, and the obvious tragedy of his death, there will be those who ascribe nobility to Chau, and courage. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "Death of a Missionary," 25 Nov. 2018

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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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