ascribe


ascribe
transitive verb (ascribed; ascribing) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin ascribere, from ad- + scribere to write — more at scribe Date: 15th century to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author • ascribable adjective Synonyms: 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
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. attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe, less definiteness than assign <
attributed to Rembrandt but possibly done by an associate
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. assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation <
assigned the bones to the Cretaceous Period
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. impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame <
tried to impute sinister motives to my actions
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. 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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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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