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at·trib·ute

 (ə-trĭb′yo͞ot)
tr.v. at·trib·ut·ed, at·trib·ut·ing, at·trib·utes
1. To regard as arising from a particular cause or source; ascribe: attributed their failure to a lack of preparation.
2. To regard (a work, for example) as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time: attributed the painting to Titian; attributed the vase to 18th-century Japan.
n. at·tri·bute (ăt′rə-byo͞ot′)
1. A quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.
2. An object associated with and serving to identify a character, personage, or office: Lightning bolts are an attribute of Zeus.
3. Grammar A word or phrase syntactically subordinate to another word or phrase that it modifies; for example, my sister's and brown in my sister's brown dog.

[Latin attribuere, attribūt- : ad-, ad- + tribuere, to allot; see tribute.]

at·trib′ut·a·ble adj.
at·trib′ut·er, at·trib′u·tor n.
Synonyms: attribute, ascribe, impute, credit, assign, refer
These verbs mean to consider as resulting from or belonging to a person or thing. Attribute and ascribe, often interchangeable, have the widest application: The historian discovered a new symphony attributed to Mozart. The museum displayed an invention ascribed to the 15th century.
Impute is often used in laying guilt or fault to another: "We usually ascribe good; but impute evil" (Samuel Johnson).
Credit usually refers to the acknowledgment of another for an accomplishment or contribution: "Some excellent remarks were made on immortality, but mainly borrowed from and credited to Plato" (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)
Assign and refer are often used to classify or categorize: Program music as a genre is usually assigned to the Romantic period. "A person thus prepared will be able to refer any particular history he takes up to its proper place in universal history" (Joseph Priestley). See Also Synonyms at quality.

attribute

vb
(usually foll by: to) to regard as belonging (to), produced (by), or resulting (from); ascribe (to): to attribute a painting to Picasso.
n
1. a property, quality, or feature belonging to or representative of a person or thing
2. an object accepted as belonging to a particular office or position
3. (Grammar) grammar
a. an adjective or adjectival phrase
b. an attributive adjective
4. (Logic) logic the property, quality, or feature that is affirmed or denied concerning the subject of a proposition
[C15: from Latin attribuere to associate with, from tribuere to give]
atˈtributable adj
atˈtributer, atˈtributor n
attribution n

at•trib•ute

(v. əˈtrɪb yut; n. ˈæ trəˌbyut)

v. -ut•ed, -ut•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to regard as resulting from a specified cause: She attributes his bad temper to ill health.
2. to consider as a quality or characteristic of the person, thing, group, etc., indicated: to attribute intelligence to one's colleagues.
3. to regard as made or produced by or originating in the person, time, place, etc., indicated: to attribute a painting to an artist.
n.
4. a quality, character, characteristic, or property attributed as belonging to a person, thing, group, etc.
5. an object associated with a character, office, or quality, as the lion skin of Hercules.
6. a subordinate word or phrase that serves to limit, particularize, or supplement the meaning of another: In the red house, red is an attribute of house.
at•tri•bute
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin attribūtus, past participle of attribuere to allot, assign, attribute]
at•trib′ut•a•ble, adj.
at•trib′ut•er, at•trib′u•tor, n.
syn: attribute, ascribe, impute mean to assign something to a definite cause or source. Possibly because of an association with tribute, attribute often has a complimentary connotation: to attribute one's success to a friend's encouragement. ascribe is used in a similar sense, but has a neutral implication: to ascribe an accident to carelessness. impute usu. means to attribute something dishonest or discreditable to a person; it implies blame or accusation: to impute an error to a new employee. See also quality.

attribute


Past participle: attributed
Gerund: attributing

Imperative
attribute
attribute
Present
I attribute
you attribute
he/she/it attributes
we attribute
you attribute
they attribute
Preterite
I attributed
you attributed
he/she/it attributed
we attributed
you attributed
they attributed
Present Continuous
I am attributing
you are attributing
he/she/it is attributing
we are attributing
you are attributing
they are attributing
Present Perfect
I have attributed
you have attributed
he/she/it has attributed
we have attributed
you have attributed
they have attributed
Past Continuous
I was attributing
you were attributing
he/she/it was attributing
we were attributing
you were attributing
they were attributing
Past Perfect
I had attributed
you had attributed
he/she/it had attributed
we had attributed
you had attributed
they had attributed
Future
I will attribute
you will attribute
he/she/it will attribute
we will attribute
you will attribute
they will attribute
Future Perfect
I will have attributed
you will have attributed
he/she/it will have attributed
we will have attributed
you will have attributed
they will have attributed
Future Continuous
I will be attributing
you will be attributing
he/she/it will be attributing
we will be attributing
you will be attributing
they will be attributing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been attributing
you have been attributing
he/she/it has been attributing
we have been attributing
you have been attributing
they have been attributing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been attributing
you will have been attributing
he/she/it will have been attributing
we will have been attributing
you will have been attributing
they will have been attributing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been attributing
you had been attributing
he/she/it had been attributing
we had been attributing
you had been attributing
they had been attributing
Conditional
I would attribute
you would attribute
he/she/it would attribute
we would attribute
you would attribute
they would attribute
Past Conditional
I would have attributed
you would have attributed
he/she/it would have attributed
we would have attributed
you would have attributed
they would have attributed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.attribute - a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
lineament, character, quality - a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"
characteristic, feature - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
feature of speech, feature - (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
2.attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
abstract entity, abstraction - a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
shape, form - the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
time - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
infinite, space - the unlimited expanse in which everything is located; "they tested his ability to locate objects in space"; "the boundless regions of the infinite"
human nature - the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human beings; "a great observer of human nature"
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
character - (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes
thing - any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence; "the thing I like about her is ..."
common denominator - an attribute that is common to all members of a category
personality - the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual; "their different reactions reflected their very different personalities"; "it is his nature to help others"
cheerfulness, sunniness, cheer, sunshine - the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom; "flowers added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room"
uncheerfulness - not conducive to cheer or good spirits
ballast - an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings
ethos - (anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era; "the Greek ethos"
eidos - (anthropology) the distinctive expression of the cognitive or intellectual character of a culture or a social group
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
heritage, inheritance - any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge"
depth - the attribute or quality of being deep, strong, or intense; "the depth of his breathing"; "the depth of his sighs," "the depth of his emotion"
Verb1.attribute - attribute or credit toattribute - attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
impute - attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source; "The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness"
carnalize, sensualize - ascribe to an origin in sensation
credit - give someone credit for something; "We credited her for saving our jobs"
reattribute - attribute to another source
anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize - ascribe human features to something
personate, personify - attribute human qualities to something; "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"
credit, accredit - ascribe an achievement to; "She was not properly credited in the program"
blame, charge - attribute responsibility to; "We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"
externalise, externalize, project - regard as objective
interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize - incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal; "internalize a belief"
2.attribute - decide as to where something belongs in a schemeattribute - decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
classify, relegate - assign to a class or kind; "How should algae be classified?"; "People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms"

attribute

verb
1. ascribe, apply, credit, blame, refer, trace, assign, charge, allocate, put down, set down, allot, impute They attribute their success to external causes such as luck.

attribute

verb
To regard as belonging to or resulting from another:
noun
2. An object associated with and serving to identify something else:
Translations
صِفَة ، نَعْتيعزويَنْسُب إلى
přisuzovatrysvlastnost
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jellemzõ tulajdonság
eiginleikieignarekja til
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attiecinātīpašībapiedēvētraksturīga pazīme
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attribute

A. [ˈætrɪbjuːt] Natributo m
B. [əˈtrɪbjuːt] VT (gen, Literat, Art) → atribuir (to a) [+ blame] → atribuir, achacar (to a) to what would you attribute this?¿a qué atribuyes or achacas tú esto?

attribute

[ˈætrɪbjuːt]
n (= quality) → attribut m
[əˈtrɪbjuːt] vt
to attribute sth to sb [+ poem, painting, remark, situation, cause] → attribuer qch à qn

attribute

vt to attribute something to somebody (play, remark etc)jdm etw zuschreiben; (= credit sb with sth) intelligence, feelings etc alsojdm etw beimessen; to attribute something to something (success, accident, problem, deaths etc)etw auf etw (acc)zurückführen; (= attach) importance etceiner Sache (dat)etw beimessen
nAttribut nt; (= quality also)Merkmal nt

attribute

[n ˈætrɪbjuːt; vb əˈtrɪbjuːt]
1. nattributo
2. vt to attribute sth toattribuire qc a

attribute

(əˈtribjut) verb
1. to think of as being written, made etc by. The play is attributed to Shakespeare.
2. to think of as being caused by. He attributed his illness to the cold weather.
(ˈatribjuːt) noun
a quality that is a particular part of a person or thing. Intelligence is not one of his attributes.

attribute

n. atributo, característica;
vt. atribuir.
References in classic literature ?
Her faith in her mother was a little shaken by the worldly plans attributed to her by Mrs.
Some among them thought it was on account of her false hair, or the dread of getting the violets wet, while others attributed it to the natural aversion for water sometimes believed to accompany the artistic temperament.
It was generally attributed to differences between himself and his partners on the question of further outlay of their earnings on mining improvements--he and Philip Carr alone representing a sanguine minority whose faith in the future of the mine accepted any risks.
Without this signet in his flesh, he could have attributed no more substance to them than to the empty confusion of imaginary scenes with which he had fed his spirit, until even that poor sustenance was exhausted.
Dimmesdale, conscious that the poison of one morbid spot was infecting his heart's entire substance, attributed all his presentiments to no other cause.
To a musket that broke in a crisis he always attributed the death of his only brother, and upon worthless blankets he blamed all the agonies of his own old age.
Justice, too, obliges the author to state that the fairness of mind and generosity attributed to St.
It was one which I had heard attributed to every humorous person who had ever stood on American soil, from Columbus down to Artemus Ward.
Covey really made me begin to think that there was some- thing in the ROOT which Sandy had given me; and had it been on any other day than Sunday, I could have attributed the conduct to no other cause than the influence of that root; and as it was, I was half inclined to think the ~root~ to be something more than I at first had taken it to be.
Either bathing has been of the greatest service to her, or else it is to be attributed to an excellent embrocation of Mr.
His want of spirits, of openness, and of consistency, were most usually attributed to his want of independence, and his better knowledge of Mrs.
And while she broke the seal and perused the document, I went on taking my coffee (we were at breakfast): it was hot, and I attributed to that circumstance a fiery glow which suddenly rose to my face.