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attribute

at·tri·bute

attribute

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: trIb yut
inflections: attributed, attributes, attributing
definition 1: to regard as the result of.
Scientists are attributing the increase in the number of violent storms to global climate change.To what can we attribute this dramatic change in your attitude?
 
synonyms:
accredit, ascribe, impute
similar words:
associate, attach, chalk up, connect, relate
definition 2: to regard as a characteristic of.
In the novel, the writer attributes innocence and gentleness to the impoverished peasants.
synonyms:
ascribe
similar words:
associate, connect, lay, relate
definition 3: to regard as the maker of.
The museum attributes these unsigned sketches to Leonardo Da Vinci.
similar words:
accredit, ascribe, associate, connect, credit, identify, relate
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: ae trih byut
definition: a characteristic or quality.
Honesty is a famous attribute of President Abraham Lincoln, who was often referred to as "Honest Abe."The finest attribute of this restaurant is its elegant atmosphere.
synonyms:
characteristic, feature, property, quality, trademark, trait, virtue
similar words:
ability, endowment, faculty, gift, talent
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derivations: attributable (adj.), attribution (n.)
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