[ im-pyoot ]
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verb (used with object),im·put·ed, im·put·ing.
  1. to attribute or ascribe: The children imputed magical powers to the old woman.

  2. to attribute or ascribe (something discreditable), as to a person.

  1. Law. to ascribe to or charge (a person) with an act or quality because of the conduct of another over whom one has control or for whose acts or conduct one is responsible.

  2. Theology. to attribute (righteousness, guilt, etc.) to a person or persons vicariously; ascribe as derived from another.

  3. Obsolete. to charge (a person) with fault.

Origin of impute

1325–75; Middle English imputen<Latin imputāre, equivalent to im-im-1 + putāre to assess, reckon, think; see putative

synonym study For impute

1. See attribute.

Other words from impute

  • im·put·a·ble, adjective
  • im·put·a·tive [im-pyoo-tuh-tiv], /ɪmˈpyu tə tɪv/, adjective
  • im·put·a·tive·ly, adverb
  • im·put·a·tive·ness, noun
  • im·put·ed·ly, adverb
  • im·put·er, noun
  • non·im·put·a·ble, adjective
  • non·im·put·a·ble·ness, noun
  • non·im·put·a·bly, adverb
  • non·im·put·a·tive, adjective
  • non·im·put·a·tive·ly, adverb
  • non·im·put·a·tive·ness, noun
  • un·im·put·a·ble, adjective

Words that may be confused with impute

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How to use impute in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for impute


/ (ɪmˈpjuːt) /

  1. to attribute or ascribe (something dishonest or dishonourable, esp a criminal offence) to a person

  2. to attribute to a source or cause: I impute your success to nepotism

  1. commerce to give (a notional value) to goods or services when the real value is unknown

Origin of impute

C14: from Latin imputāre, from im- + putāre to think, calculate

Derived forms of impute

  • imputation, noun
  • imputative, adjective
  • imputer, noun

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