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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.
Many people are attributing the warmer winters to global climate change.
 
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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