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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
…den kaynaklandığını düşünmekmal etmekniteliközelliktarafından yaratıldığını düşünmek

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 ?
These attributes, in spite of poverty and the strict integrity which shut him out from the more worldly successes, attracted to him many admirable persons, as naturally as sweet herbs draw bees, and as naturally he gave them the honey into which fifty years of hard experience had distilled no bitter drop.
Pages might yet be written to prove, from this illustrious example, the defects of human excellence; to show how easy it is for generous sentiments, high courtesy, and chivalrous courage to lose their influence beneath the chilling blight of selfishness, and to exhibit to the world a man who was great in all the minor attributes of character, but who was found wanting when it became necessary to prove how much principle is superior to policy.
All merely graceful attributes are usually the most evanescent; nor does nature adorn the human ruin with blossoms of new beauty, that have their roots and proper nutriment only in the chinks and crevices of decay, as she sows wall-flowers over the ruined fortress of Ticonderoga.
I smiled as I unfolded it, and devised how I would tease you about your aristocratic tastes, and your efforts to masque your plebeian bride in the attributes of a peeress.
No, I'm running on too fast: I bestow my own attributes over-liberally on him.
But, though she had taken such strong possession of me, though my fancy and my hope were so set upon her, though her influence on my boyish life and character had been all-powerful, I did not, even that romantic morning, invest her with any attributes save those she possessed.
There is hardly a servant-maid in these days who is not better informed than Miss Nancy; yet she had the essential attributes of a lady--high veracity, delicate honour in her dealings, deference to others, and refined personal habits,--and lest these should not suffice to convince grammatical fair ones that her feelings can at all resemble theirs, I will add that she was slightly proud and exacting, and as constant in her affection towards a baseless opinion as towards an erring lover.
Other generalisations proving equally unprofitable, I began scientifically to consider in detail the attributes of the supposititious paragon,--attributes of body and mind and heart.
To teach thee that God attributes to place No sanctitie, if none be thither brought By Men who there frequent, or therein dwell.
These, as well as all the more minute points of light and shadow, are attributes proper to scenery in general, natural to each situation, and subject to the artist's disposal, as his taste or pleasure may dictate.
If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through his appointed time, he now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him?
It would not perhaps be rash to predict, that as a mean of influence it will be found to outweigh all the peculiar attributes of the Senate.