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ascribe

[ uh-skrahyb ]
/ əˈskraɪb /
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verb (used with object), as·cribed, as·crib·ing.
to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute: The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.
to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic: They ascribed courage to me for something I did out of sheer panic.
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Origin of ascribe

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin ascrībere, equivalent to a-a-5 + scrībere to scribe2; replacing Middle English ascrive<Middle French. See shrive

synonym study for ascribe

1. See attribute.

OTHER WORDS FROM ascribe

a·scrib·a·ble, adjectiveun·as·cribed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ascribe

ascribe , proscribe, subscribe
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British Dictionary definitions for ascribe

ascribe
/ (əˈskraɪb) /

verb (tr)
to credit or assign, as to a particular origin or periodto ascribe parts of a play to Shakespeare
to attribute as a quality; consider as belonging toto ascribe beauty to youth

Derived forms of ascribe

ascribable, adjective

Word Origin for ascribe

C15: from Latin ascrībere to enrol, from ad in addition + scrībere to write

usage for ascribe

Ascribe is sometimes wrongly used where subscribe is meant: I do not subscribe (not ascribe) to this view
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