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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impute, ascribe, assign, attributeverb

    attribute or credit to

    "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"


  1. ascribeverb

    To attribute a cause or characteristic to someone or something.

    One may ascribe these problems to the federal government; however, at this stage it is unclear what caused them.

  2. ascribeverb

    To attribute a book, painting or any work of art or literature to a writer or creator.

    It is arguable as to whether we can truly ascribe this play to Shakespeare.

  3. Etymology: From ascrivre, from ascribo, from ad + scribo, from skrep-. Cognate with screpan. More at at, scrape.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ASCRIBEverb

    Etymology: ascribe, Lat.

    The cause of his banishment is unknown, because he was unwilling to provoke the emperor, by ascribing it to any other reason than what was pretended. Dryden.

    To this we may justly ascribe those envies, jealousies, and encroachments, which render mankind uneasy to one another. John Rogers, Sermons.

    These perfections must be somewhere, and therefore may much better be ascribed to God, in whom we suppose all other perfections to meet, than to any thing else. John Tillotson.


  1. ascribe

    To ascribe is to attribute or assign something to a particular cause, source, or origin. It can also mean to regard a quality as belonging to or coming from a specific person, object, or circumstance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ascribeverb

    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

  2. Ascribeverb

    to attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ascribe

    a-skrīb′, v.t. to attribute, impute, or assign.—adj. Ascrib′able.—n. Ascrip′tion, act of ascribing or imputing: any expression of ascribing, or any formula for such, like the one ascribing glory to God repeated at the end of a sermon. [L. ascribĕre, -scriptumad, to, scrib-ĕre, to write.]

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  1. Brescia

  2. carbies

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascribe in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascribe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ascribe in a Sentence

  1. James Hansen:

    I would like to draw three main conclusions, number one, the Earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements. Number two, the global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. And number three, our computer climate simulations indicate that the greenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to affect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves.

  2. Ben Carson:

    People tend to ascribe to Adventism any weird thing they have heard about religion because they don't really know, adventism believes the entirety of the Bible.

  3. W. Somerset Maugham:

    I don't know why it is that the religious never ascribe common sense to God.

  4. Napoleon (Hanlon’s Razor):

    Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.

  5. Flavio Volpe:

    On President Trump’s on actually hurting Mexico with tariffs, “That might be his play, if we can ascribe any sophistication to it. That’s a big if, because he may just be insane.”

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    A squashy
    B busy
    C witless
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