verb (used with object), at·trib·ut·ed, at·trib·ut·ing.
Origin of attribute
Examples from the Web for attribute
Contemporary Examples of attribute
We attribute his successes or failures to the presence or lack of some special sauce that he does or does not possess.The Dems’ Midterm Performance Anxiety
October 31, 2014
Sure, Nancy has the fish-out-of-water thing going on, but that attribute often defines Piper.Orange Is the New Weeds: The Adventures of Jenji Kohan Across the 8th Dimension
Rich Goldstein, Emily Shire
August 18, 2014
On the other hand, he has retained an attribute reminiscent of the other ex-fundies.Frank Schaeffer, the Atheist Who Believes in God
August 3, 2014
We attribute no special merit to a man for having served when all were serving.The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary
May 26, 2014
As with the Deep South, you could attribute this to ideology or cultural difference.Whites in the Deep South: Are They Partisan, or Just Racist?
February 26, 2014
Historical Examples of attribute
The right to exclude any or all classes of aliens is an attribute of sovereignty.Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents
I am afraid that you are apt to attribute to the wonderful what was but natural weakness.Balsamo, The Magician
But to attribute to Chaucer the fourth line of the Envoy seems hazardous.
To this circumstance Lagrange was in after life accustomed partly to attribute his own fame and happiness.Self-Help
Indeed, form is not an attribute of matter; it is an element of the combination.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3
- an adjective or adjectival phrase
- an attributive adjective
Word Origin for attribute
late 14c., "assign, bestow," from Latin attributus, past participle of attribuere "assign to, add, bestow;" figuratively "to attribute, ascribe, impute," from ad- "to" + tribuere "assign, give, bestow" (see tribute). Related: Attributed; attributing.
"quality ascribed to someone," late 14c., from Latin attributum "anything attributed," noun use of neuter of attributus (see attribute (v.)). Distinguished from the verb by pronunciation.