re·​at·​trib·​ute (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈtri-ˌbyüt How to pronounce reattribute (audio)
reattributed; reattributing; reattributes

transitive verb

: to attribute (something) in a new or different way
They reattribute a lot of what's going on in their bodies to illness.Peter Salovey
especially : to reckon as executed, made, originated, or achieved in a fashion other than was previously attributed
Though the designs were initially attributed to Raphael, they have since been reattributed to the Flemish artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst … The Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)
reattribution noun
plural reattributions
In December, Mr. Daley was the chairman of a conference in London at which further questions were raised about the reattribution to Leonardo of a drawing known as "La Bella Principessa." Scott Reyburn

Examples of reattribute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This became the second step: reattribute. Steve Volk, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reattribute was in 1621

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“Reattribute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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