put (something) down to

phrasal verb

put (something) down to; putting (something) down to; puts (something) down to
: to say or think that (something) happened because of (something)
Let's put the mistake down to your inexperience and forget about it.

Examples of put (something) down to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bitcoin price has surged 350% since crashing to a recent low of $15,000 per bitcoin in the aftermath of the FTX crypto exchange collapse, a bounce back that's been put down to a growing Wall Street game-changer. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Some of this can be put down to the weight and thickness of the foldable phone, but these concerns have been engineered away over time. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Vehicles are also a major component of the toxic stew, while dust from building sites also contributes — for much of the past year, Mumbai, on the west coast, has suffered even worse air pollution than Delhi, which many have put down to Mumbai’s recent mania for construction. Hari Kumar, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2023 The number of Writers Guild of Canada members identifying as diverse and who are working has increased steadily from 21 percent of the guild’s membership in 2018 to 38 percent in 2022, with that growth put down to more writers from underrepresented communities joining the organization. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The win in suburban Uxbridge was put down to vigorous local campaigning against London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, a daily levy on people driving older, polluting cars, which has recently expanded to cover the whole city. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2023 The tropes of that genre are so well worn that, to some extent, the flimsiness of the plot and of the psychology can be put down to this self-consciously genre-forward approach. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2023 Tuckwell and the Tories ended up hanging on to the seat with a majority of four hundred and ninety-five—a victory that Tuckwell put down to dislike of the ULEZ charge. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 21 July 2023 Fraying passenger tempers can be put down to a few things. Ragini Saxena, Fortune, 12 June 2023

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“Put (something) down to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20%28something%29%20down%20to. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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