ascribe


ascribe
ascribe [ə skrīb′]
vt.
ascribed, ascribing [ME ascriben (also ascriven < OFr ascriv-, stem of ascrire) < L ascribere < ad-, to + scribere, to write: see SCRIBE]
1. to assign (something) to a supposed cause; impute; attribute
2. to regard (something) as belonging to or coming from someone [poems that were ascribed to Homer]
ascribable
adj.
SYN.- ASCRIBE, in this comparison, implies assignment to someone of something that may reasonably be deduced [to ascribe a motive to someone ]; ATTRIBUTE implies assignment of a quality, factor, or responsibility that may reasonably be regarded as applying [to attribute an error to carelessness ]; IMPUTE usually implies the assignment of something unfavorable or accusatory [to impute evil to someone ]; ASSIGN implies the placement of something in a particular category because of some quality, etc. attributed to it [to assign a poem to the 17th century ]; CREDIT implies belief in the possession by someone of some quality, etc. [to credit someone with intelligence ]; ATTACH implies the connection of something with something else as being appropriate to it [different people attach different meanings to words ]

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  • ascribe — [v] assign to source accredit, attribute, charge, credit, hang on, impute, lay, pin on*, refer, reference, set down; concepts 39,49 …   New thesaurus

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