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ascribe

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ascribe

  1. to explain (something) as being the result of something else ascribed their stunning military victory to good intelligence beforehand Synonyms of ascribe accredit, credit, attribute, chalk up, impute, lay, put downWords Related to ascribe blame, charge, father (on), impute (to), pin (on); assign, refer; associate, attach, connect, link

Synonym Discussion of ascribe

ascribe, attribute, assign, impute, credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing. ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship.
    • forged paintings formerly ascribed to masters
attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe, less definiteness than assign.
    • attributed to Rembrandt but possibly done by an associate
assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation.
    • assigned the bones to the Cretaceous period
impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame.
    • tried to impute sinister motives to my actions
credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation.
    • credited his teammates for his success

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