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[ verb uh-trib-yoot; noun a-truh-byoot ]
/ verb 蓹藞tr瑟b yut; noun 藞忙 tr蓹藢byut /
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noun
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Origin of attribute

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English, from Latin attrib奴tus 鈥渁llotted, assigned, imputed to鈥 (past participle of attribuere ), equivalent to at- 鈥渢oward鈥 + trib奴- (stem of tribuere 鈥渢o assign (to tribes), classify, ascribe鈥; see at-, tribe) + -tus past participle suffix

synonym study for attribute

1. Attribute, ascribe, impute imply definite origin. Attribute and ascribe are often used interchangeably, to imply that something originates with a definite person or from a definite cause. Ascribe, however, has neutral implications; whereas, possibly because of an association with tribute, attribute is coming to have a complimentary connotation: to ascribe an accident to carelessness; to attribute one's success to a friend's encouragement. Impute has gained uncomplimentary connotations, and usually means to accuse or blame someone or something as a cause or origin: to impute an error to him. 5. See quality.

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British Dictionary definitions for attribute

attribute

verb (蓹藞tr瑟bju藧t)
(tr usually foll by to) to regard as belonging (to), produced (by), or resulting (from); ascribe (to)to attribute a painting to Picasso
noun (藞忙tr瑟藢bju藧t)
a property, quality, or feature belonging to or representative of a person or thing
an object accepted as belonging to a particular office or position
grammar
  1. an adjective or adjectival phrase
  2. an attributive adjective
logic the property, quality, or feature that is affirmed or denied concerning the subject of a proposition

Derived forms of attribute

attributable, adjectiveattributer or attributor, nounattribution (藢忙tr瑟藞bju藧蕛蓹n), noun

Word Origin for attribute

C15: from Latin attribuere to associate with, from tribuere to give
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