reattribute

verb

re·​at·​trib·​ute (ˌ)rē-ə-ˈtri-ˌbyüt How to pronounce reattribute (audio)
-byət
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

Word History

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reattribute was in 1621

Dictionary Entries Near reattribute

Cite this Entry

“Reattribute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reattribute. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ