ascribe (something) to

idiom

formal
: to say or think that (something) is caused by, comes from, or is associated with (something or someone) : assign, credit, or blame
They ascribed his illness to chemicals in his brain.
The author ascribes the economy's success to the current government.
She ascribes no importance to having lots of money.
These poems are usually ascribed to Homer.

Examples of ascribe (something) to in a Sentence

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“Ascribe (something) to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascribe%20%28something%29%20to. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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