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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.

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. Jill Harkavy-Friedman:

    I think that we tend to hear about people who die by suicide when it's in a surprising group, we look at young female college athletes and we think,' wow, they have everything.' But we don't take a closer look at what's going on with them... Often we ascribe to them that they're doing great and we don't ask them,' how are you doing ?'.

  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. John M. Barrie:

    Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.

  4. Brendan Hunt:

    I might have said a racial slur once or twice other times in my life. But that's not something that I believe, that's not something that I ascribe to. And it was said to kind of get a rise out of him and get him mad at me almost to see if he would even criticize me in any way.

  5. Nick Merrill:

    I know there's a tendency to ascribe political motives to all she does. But what you saw yesterday was simply a woman who isn't going to stand by and watch other women be bullied, insulted and demeaned, and more broadly, as you heard her say in her speech, when it comes to standing up for core American values, she's going to speak out.

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