verb (used with object), at·trib·ut·ed, at·trib·ut·ing.
- attribution theory,
Origin of attribute
Examples from the Web for attributes
He dubbed it Nupedia, and it had two attributes: it would be written by volunteers, and it would be free.
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’|ProPublica|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
In this regard, Murakami can add interactive novelist to his list of attributes.
In a claim fitting for a man from this village, Ruhinguka attributes his survival to a miracle.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide?|Nina Strochlic|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has the quick movement, the boldness and brilliance, which we suppose to be the attributes of the best talk.Alexander Pope|Leslie Stephen
And that, on account of the negation of all attributes, Brahman really is eternal and changeless has already been demonstrated.The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya|Translator: George Thibaut
Against these attributes their pig-headedness, narrow-mindedness, laziness, and slovenliness had to be admitted.South African Memories|Lady Sarah Wilson
He again who is crowned with the three attributes of beauty, arms, and intelligence, is now the superintendent of Virata's steeds.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4|Kisari Mohan Ganguli
They were all placed in the temple, and the poet Hesiod afterwards assigned them names and attributes.The Student's Mythology|Catherine Ann White
- 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.