verb (used with object), at·trib·ut·ed, at·trib·ut·ing.
- attribution theory,
Origin of attribute
Examples from the Web for attribute
We attribute his successes or failures to the presence or lack of some special sauce that he does or does not possess.
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|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, he has retained an attribute reminiscent of the other ex-fundies.
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|Malcolm Jones|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Jamelle Bouie|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The right to exclude any or all classes of aliens is an attribute of sovereignty.Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|Grover Cleveland
I am afraid that you are apt to attribute to the wonderful what was but natural weakness.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
But to attribute to Chaucer the fourth line of the Envoy seems hazardous.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
To this circumstance Lagrange was in after life accustomed partly to attribute his own fame and happiness.Self-Help|Samuel Smiles
Indeed, form is not an attribute of matter; it is an element of the combination.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3|Plotinos (Plotinus)
- 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.