What does attribute mean?

Definitions for attribute
əˈtrɪb yut; ˈæ trəˌbyutat·tribute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. property, attribute, dimension(noun)

    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

    "self-confidence is not an endearing property"

  2. attribute(verb)

    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

  3. impute, ascribe, assign, attribute(verb)

    attribute or credit to

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

  4. assign, attribute(verb)

    decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

    "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"


  1. attribute(Noun)

    A characteristic or quality of a thing.

    His finest attribute is his kindness.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  2. attribute(Noun)

    A word that qualifies a noun.

    In the clause "My jacket is more expensive than yours", "My" is the attribute of "jacket".

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  3. attribute(Noun)

    The applicable option selection; a variable or a value.

    This packet has its coherency attribute set to zero.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  4. attribute(Noun)

    That which is predicated or affirmed of a subject; a predicate; an accident.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  5. attribute(Noun)

    A semantic item with which a method, etc. may be decorated.

    There are some more implementations which use C# attributes to define custom attributes specific to the AOP engine. Then the classes that need to be intercepted will be decorated with these custom attributes.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  6. attribute(Verb)

    To ascribe (something) to a given cause, reason etc.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

  7. attribute(Verb)

    To associate ownership or authorship of (something) to someone.

    This poem is attributed to Browning.

    Etymology: From attributus past participle of attribuere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attribute(verb)

    to ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate (to); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to assign; to consider as belonging (to)

    Etymology: [L. attributum.]

  2. Attribute(noun)

    that which is attributed; a quality which is considered as belonging to, or inherent in, a person or thing; an essential or necessary property or characteristic

    Etymology: [L. attributum.]

  3. Attribute(noun)


    Etymology: [L. attributum.]

  4. Attribute(noun)

    a conventional symbol of office, character, or identity, added to any particular figure; as, a club is the attribute of Hercules

    Etymology: [L. attributum.]

  5. Attribute(noun)

    quality, etc., denoted by an attributive; an attributive adjunct or adjective

    Etymology: [L. attributum.]


  1. Attribute

    In computing, an attribute is a specification that defines a property of an object, element, or file. It may also refer to or set the specific value for a given instance of such. For clarity, attributes should more correctly be considered metadata. An attribute is frequently and generally a property of a property. However, in actual usage, the term attribute can and is often treated as equivalent to a property depending on the technology being discussed. An attribute of an object usually consists of a name and a value; of an element, a type or class name; of a file, a name and extension. ⁕Each named attribute has an associated set of rules called operations: one doesn't add characters or manipulate and process an integer array as an image object— one doesn't process text as type floating point. ⁕It follows that an object definition can be extended by imposing data typing: a representation format, a default value, and legal operations and restrictions are all potentially involved in defining an attribute, or conversely, may be spoken of as attributes of that object's type. A JPEG file is not decoded by the same operations as a PNG or BMP file, nor is a floating point typed number operated upon by the rules applied to typed long integers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attribute

    at-trib′ūt, v.t. to ascribe, assign, or consider as belonging.—adj. Attrib′utable.—ns. At′tribute, that which is attributed: that which is inherent in, or inseparable from, anything: that which can be predicated of anything: a quality or property; Attribū′tion, act of attributing: that which is attributed: commendation.—adj. Attrib′utive, expressing an attribute.—n. a word denoting an attribute. [L. attribuĕre, -tributumad, to, tribu-ĕre, to give.]

Editors Contribution

  1. attribute

    A quality, facet or element of a animal or human consciousness, conscience, mind and soul.

    We have such beautiful qualities as humans and animals.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attribute' in Nouns Frequency: #2604

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attribute' in Verbs Frequency: #652

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attribute in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attribute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of attribute in a Sentence

  1. Josh Campbell:

    Based on the FBI’s analysis -- which included forensic analysis of the scene, analysis of the items recovered from the scene, and chemical testing -- there is no conclusive evidence to attribute the explosion on the boat to an IED.

  2. John Locke:

    I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.

  3. Kimberly Brown:

    Often the burden of proof lies with the victim, families tend to keep quiet either to protect their supposed honor, or because of the stigma and lower societal value some community members attribute to people with disabilities.

  4. Subodh Kumar:

    I don't attribute it as much as other people do only to the Chinese trying to reduce the value of their currency against the U.S. dollar, world economic growth has been slowing and markets have been ignoring that and now they're catching up with reality.

  5. Lex Rieffel:

    The policy of engagement that the Obama administration adopted was helpful, it did more good than harm as opposed to the sanctions policy. ( But) let's not attribute the changes in that country to U.S. policy.

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