ascribe


ascribe
[[t]əskra͟ɪb[/t]]
ascribes, ascribing, ascribed
1) VERB If you ascribe an event or condition to a particular cause, you say or consider that it was caused by that thing. [FORMAL]

[V n to n] An autopsy eventually ascribed the baby's death to sudden infant death syndrome.

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2) VERB If you ascribe a quality to someone, you consider that they possess it. [FORMAL]

[V n to n] We do not ascribe a superior wisdom to government or the state.

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3) VERB If you ascribe something such as a quotation or a work of art to someone, you say that they said it or created it. [FORMAL]

[V n to n] He mistakenly ascribes the expression `survival of the fittest' to Charles Darwin.

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