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

Definition of reattribute

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)

Other Words from reattribute

reattribution \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌa-​trə-​ˈbyü-​shən How to pronounce reattribution (audio) \ 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

First Known Use of reattribute

1621, in the meaning defined above

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“Reattribute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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