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Definition of attribute verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    attribute

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈtrɪbjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrɪbjuːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they attribute
    BrE BrE//əˈtrɪbjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrɪbjuːt//
     
    he / she / it attributes
    BrE BrE//əˈtrɪbjuːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrɪbjuːts//
     
    past simple attributed
    BrE BrE//əˈtrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    past participle attributed
    BrE BrE//əˈtrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    -ing form attributing
    BrE BrE//əˈtrɪbjuːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrɪbjuːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1attribute something to something to say or believe that something is the result of a particular thing She attributes her success to hard work and a little luck.
  2. 2to say or believe that somebody is responsible for doing something, especially for saying, writing or painting something attribute something The committee refused to attribute blame without further information. attribute something to somebody This play is usually attributed to Shakespeare.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: the noun from Old French attribut; the verb from Latin attribut- ‘allotted’: both from the verb attribuere, from ad- ‘to’ + tribuere ‘assign’.Extra examples Climate change is widely attributed to the build-up of greenhouse gases. The goals commonly attributed to management are status, power, salary and security. They claim that one in twenty deaths can be directly attributed to air pollution. a quote that has often been falsely attributed to George Patton
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