ascribe

[uh-skrahyb]
verb (used with object), ascribed, ascribing.
1.
to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute: The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.
2.
to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic: They ascribed courage to me for something I did out of sheer panic.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ascrībere, equivalent to a- a-5 + scrībere to scribe2; replacing Middle English ascrive < Middle French. See shrive

ascribable, adjective
unascribed, adjective

ascribe, proscribe, subscribe.


1. See attribute.
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ascribe (əˈskraɪb)
 
vb
1.  to credit or assign, as to a particular origin or period: to ascribe parts of a play to Shakespeare
2.  to attribute as a quality; consider as belonging to: to ascribe beauty to youth
 
[C15: from Latin ascrībere to enrol, from ad in addition + scrībere to write]
 
usage  Ascribe is sometimes wrongly used where subscribe is meant: I do not subscribe (not ascribe) to this view
 
as'cribable
 
adj

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ascribe
mid-14c., ascrive, from O.Fr. ascrivre "to attribute, inscribe," from L. ascribere "to write in, to add to in a writing," from ad- "to" + scribere "to write" (see script). Spelling restored 16c.
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Example sentences
They ascribed sinful motivations to normal biological urges.
At the time, some common meanings were ascribed to different colors and symbols
  in the coats and crests.
Nor can its survival be ascribed simply to the effective brainwashing of the
  population.
And resistance to this change fuels more reactionary politics than is usually
  ascribed.
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