[ im-pyoot ]
/ ɪmˈpyut /
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verb (used with object), im·put·ed, im·put·ing.
to attribute or ascribe: The children imputed magical powers to the old woman.
to attribute or ascribe (something discreditable), as to a person.
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.
Theology. to attribute (righteousness, guilt, etc.) to a person or persons vicariously; ascribe as derived from another.
Obsolete. to charge (a person) with fault.
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Origin of impute
synonym study for impute
1. See attribute.
OTHER WORDS FROM impute
im·put·a·ble, adjectiveim·put·a·tive [im-pyoo-tuh-tiv], /ɪmˈpyu tə tɪv/, adjectiveim·put·a·tive·ly, adverbim·put·a·tive·ness, noun
im·put·ed·ly, adverbim·put·er, nounnon·im·put·a·ble, adjectivenon·im·put·a·ble·ness, nounnon·im·put·a·bly, adverbnon·im·put·a·tive, adjectivenon·im·put·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·im·put·a·tive·ness, nounun·im·put·a·ble, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH imputeimpugn, impute
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How to use impute in a sentence
She was no fighter from choice, no imputer of evil motives, but her love for her brother amounted almost to idolatry.The Reclaimers|Margaret Hill McCarter
British Dictionary definitions for impute
/ (ɪmˈpjuːt) /
to attribute or ascribe (something dishonest or dishonourable, esp a criminal offence) to a person
to attribute to a source or causeI impute your success to nepotism
commerce to give (a notional value) to goods or services when the real value is unknown
Derived forms of imputeimputation, nounimputative, adjectiveimputer, noun
Word Origin for impute
C14: from Latin imputāre, from im- + putāre to think, calculate
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