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Ascribe definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ASCRI'BE, v.t. [L. ascribo, of ad and scribo, to write.]
1. To attribute, impute, or set to, as to a cause; to assign, as effect to a cause; as, losses are often to be ascribed to imprudence.
2. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong; as, to ascribe perfection to God, or imperfection to man. Job 36. Psalms 68. 2 Samuel 18.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats" [syn: impute, ascribe, assign, attribute]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (ascribed; ascribing) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin ascribere, from ad- + scribere to write more at scribe Date: 15th century to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author ascribable adjective Synonyms: ascribe, attribute, assign, impute, credit mean to lay something to the account of a person or thing. ascribe suggests an inferring or conjecturing of cause, quality, authorship <forged paintings formerly ascribed to masters>. attribute suggests less tentativeness than ascribe, less definiteness than assign <attributed to Rembrandt but possibly done by an associate>. assign implies ascribing with certainty or after deliberation <assigned the bones to the Cretaceous Period>. impute suggests ascribing something that brings discredit by way of accusation or blame <tried to impute sinister motives to my actions>. credit implies ascribing a thing or especially an action to a person or other thing as its agent, source, or explanation <credited his teammates for his success>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (usu. foll. by to) 1 attribute or impute (ascribes his well-being to a sound constitution). 2 regard as belonging. Derivatives: ascribable adj. Etymology: ME f. L ascribere (as AD-, scribere script- write)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ascribe As*cribe", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ascribed; p. pr. & vb. n. Ascribing.] [L. ascribere, adscribere, to ascribe; ad + scribere to write: cf. OF. ascrire. See Scribe.] 1. To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause; as, his death was ascribed to a poison; to ascribe an effect to the right cause; to ascribe such a book to such an author. The finest [speech] that is ascribed to Satan in the whole poem. --Addison. 2. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong. Syn: To Ascribe, Attribute, Impute. Usage: Attribute denotes, 1. To refer some quality or attribute to a being; as, to attribute power to God. 2. To refer something to its cause or source; as, to attribute a backward spring to icebergs off the coast. Ascribe is used equally in both these senses, but involves a different image. To impute usually denotes to ascribe something doubtful or wrong, and hence, in general literature, has commonly a bad sense; as, to impute unworthy motives. The theological sense of impute is not here taken into view. More than good-will to me attribute naught. --Spenser. Ascribes his gettings to his parts and merit. --Pope. And fairly quit him of the imputed blame. --Spenser.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(ascribes, ascribing, ascribed) 1. If you ascribe an event or condition to a particular cause, you say or consider that it was caused by that thing. (FORMAL) An autopsy eventually ascribed the baby's death to sudden infant death syndrome. = attribute VERB: V n to n 2. If you ascribe a quality to someone, you consider that they possess it. (FORMAL) We do not ascribe a superior wisdom to government or the state. = attribute VERB: V n to n 3. If you ascribe something such as a quotation or a work of art to someone, you say that they said it or created it. (FORMAL) He mistakenly ascribes the expression 'survival of the fittest' to Charles Darwin. = attribute VERB: V n to n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Attribute, assign, refer, charge, lay, set down. See impute.

Moby Thesaurus

accredit, adduce, advance, affix, allege, apply, assign, attach, attach to, attribute, charge, cite, conjecture, connect with, credit, fasten, fix, give, guess, impute, lay, pin on, place, put, refer, saddle, surmise


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