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 \ ə-​ˈskrī-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce ascribe (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
Recent Examples on the Web Physicians who ascribe race as a risk factor for diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease might miss a diagnosis in some cases may also misconstrue upstream, social determinants of health as innate genetic differences. Ashley Andreou, Scientific American, 7 June 2021 Although official Iranian media did not ascribe blame, the historical pattern was not lost on many Iranians, given the history of covert Israeli operations on Iranian targets. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 Although official Iranian media did not ascribe blame, the historical pattern was not lost on many Iranians, given the history of covert Israeli operations on Iranian targets. New York Times, 2 June 2021 Again, most Germans don’t ascribe to these views: About 70 percent of Germans indicated their willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine if it were proven to be safe and effective, according to a study in Nature Medicine. Edna Bonhomme, The Atlantic, 2 May 2021 Still, Republicans were quick to ascribe campaign motivations to Newsom’s spending surge; state Senate Minority Leader Scott Wilk branded it #recallrebate on Twitter. Melanie Mason Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 Other researchers are even more hesitant to ascribe ecosystem benefits to the nearly 100,000 horses and donkeys roaming the West. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2021 Officials have hesitated to ascribe a motive to Long's actions, which clearly targeted Asian women during a time of rampant anti-Asian hate crimes in America. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 18 Mar. 2021 Those who believe in this archetype tend to ascribe political success to personal character and will. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of ascribe was in the 15th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Ascribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascribe. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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