- 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.
Origin of ascribe
1. See attribute.
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Examples from the Web for ascribe
Different boycotters will ascribe different meanings to the same act.What Does the ASA Boycott Mean? They Don’t Know.
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Yet neither expressed any interest in the legend that so many people want to ascribe to the man.The Bin Laden of His Day? A New Biography of Geronimo
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To the contrary, they ascribe to the belief that more guns on campus, in the hands of the right people, will make them safer.141st Annual Meeting: NRA Gets in Touch With Its Feminine Side
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All they have to do is attribute or ascribe as much income as possible to foreign subsidiaries.15 Top Corporate Tax Dodgers
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What drives the human impulse to ascribe divine meaning to tragic events?This Week's Must-Read Journalism
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That is, theoretically we may ascribe them to God, but practically we dissociate Him from them.
Nothing but our own pinchbeck ideas could ascribe to Him this pettiness.
To ascribe them specially to God would seem to us far-fetched.
The mitigation of that horror they condemn, resent, and often ascribe to the devil.
I would not ascribe to nature what is merely the outcome of my own moral views.Freeland
- 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
C15: from Latin ascrībere to enrol, from ad in addition + scrībere to write
Ascribe is sometimes wrongly used where subscribe is meant: I do not subscribe (not ascribe) to this view
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Word Origin and History for ascribe
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