verb (used with object), at·trib·ut·ed, at·trib·ut·ing.
Origin of attribute
Related Words for attributespeculiarity, idiosyncrasy, quirk, trait, facet, virtue, aspect, characteristic, quality, trace, associate, blame, credit, connect, apply, refer, point, symbol, character, mark
Examples from the Web for attributes
Contemporary Examples of attributes
The Facebook co-founder and his politically ambitious husband embodied all the attributes of a bona fide “gay power couple.”The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
This uniqueness is a trait that she attributes to her early success as a dominatrix.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
He dubbed it Nupedia, and it had two attributes: it would be written by volunteers, and it would be free.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
But the school has other attributes that may have appealed to the Koch group.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
He attributes it, in part, to a growing partisan split among voters.Even Local School Board Members Are Running Against Obama
Center for Public Integrity
October 2, 2014
Historical Examples of attributes
With what warmth of benevolence—how should he be otherwise than warm in any of his attributes?Fire Worship (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
But that is one of the attributes of Mr. Gladstone which endear him so much to his party.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Deep were my musings, as to the race and attributes of that ethereal being.The Vision of the Fountain (From "Twice Told Tales")
Borrowed help has the awkwardness which Emerson attributes to borrowed thoughts.The Conquest of Fear
Its attributes of youth are the activity and eager life with which it is redundant.Sketches from Memory
- an adjective or adjectival phrase
- an attributive adjective
Word Origin for attribute
"qualities belonging to someone or something," c.1600; see attribute (n.).
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.