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ascribe

as·cribe

ascribe

 
pronunciation:
skraIb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ascribed, ascribes, ascribing
definition 1: to attribute (something) to a particular cause or source.
I ascribed her nervousness to the fact that her exams were coming up.The invention of the radio is often ascribed to Guglielmo Marconi.
synonyms:
attribute, impute
similar words:
accredit, arrogate, attach, chalk up
definition 2: to consider as belonging, esp. as a characteristic or trait.
I wrongly ascribed honesty to this man.
synonyms:
attribute
similar words:
accredit, arrogate, associate, connect, lay, link
derivation: ascribable (adj.)
Word Parts
The word ascribe contains the following parts:
a-3 Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix a-3 occurs in Latin and Old French loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad-, which, in Latin loanwords, is used before roots beginning with "s" and another consonant, such as "spect" and "scrib." See ad-.
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