ascribe

verb
as·​cribe | \ə-ˈskrīb \
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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ascribable \ -​ˈskrī-​bə-​bəl \ 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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Others are far more interesting, with whimsically hued animals or nicknames that ascribe traits not normally associated with a certain countries. Matt Bonesteel, chicagotribune.com, "Red Devils, Green Falcons and Super Eagles, oh my: A guide to World Cup nicknames," 14 June 2018 TypeOneGrit has about 3,000 members on Facebook who ascribe to a program devised by Dr. Richard Bernstein, an 84-year-old physician with Type 1 diabetes. New York Times, "How a Low-Carb Diet Might Aid People With Type 1 Diabetes," 7 May 2018 According to the practice of numerology, which ascribes certain symbols and meanings to each single-digit number, the number seven is, indeed, quite significant. refinery29.com, "Justin Bieber's Engagement Announcement Features A Low-Key Numerology Flex," 10 July 2018 Croatia’s team members ascribe their victories to a tough mentality, born of national struggle. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 Other party establishment figures and groups, similarly seeking to place and avoid blame, will surely return fire (and then some), ascribing the mess to a combination of missteps by electoral neophytes and overwhelmed state and national operatives. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Democrats have more to lose in California than a few primaries," 4 June 2018 There’s undoubtedly an element of self-fulfilling prophecy to any set of characteristics ascribed to birth order, much as there is to, say, those linked to astrological signs. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 The stockmarket, in so far as rationality can be ascribed to it, came down on the side of those saying that the central bank has not really started to ease. The Economist, "China starts easing monetary policy. Or does it?," 30 June 2018 Any actions ascribed to the four Russians have never been independently confirmed by official investigations or authoritative news reports. Washington Post, "Some questions in Trump-Russia dossier now finding answers," 29 June 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 \
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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