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attribute (v.)

late 14c., "assign, bestow," from Latin attributus, past participle of attribuere "assign to, allot, commit, entrust;" figuratively "to attribute, ascribe, impute," from assimilated form of ad "to" (see ad-) + tribuere "assign, give, bestow" (see tribute). Related: Attributed; attributing.

attribute (n.)

"quality ascribed to someone, distinguishing mark (especially an excellent or lofty one)," late 14c., from Latin attributum "anything attributed," in grammar, "predicate," noun use of neuter of attributus, past participle of attribuere "assign, allot; ascribe, impute" (see attribute (v.)). Distinguished from the verb by having stress on the first syllable.

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Definitions of attribute
1
attribute (v.)
attribute or credit to;
We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare
Synonyms: impute / ascribe / assign
attribute (v.)
decide as to where something belongs in a scheme;
Synonyms: assign
2
attribute (n.)
a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished;
Synonyms: property / dimension
attribute (n.)
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity;
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