verb (used with object), ascribed, ascribing.
to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute: The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.
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.

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. Unabridged
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ascribe (əˈskraɪb)
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

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Main Entry:  ascribe1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to infer or conjecture ownership; to consider as belonging to
Etymology:  Latin ad- + scribere 'to write'
Usage:  transitive; used with to
Main Entry:  ascribe2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to attribute to a cause or source
Etymology:  Latin ad- + scribere 'to write'
Usage:  transitive; used with to
Main Entry:  ascribe3
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to write into; to add in writing
Etymology:  Latin ad- + scribere 'to write'
Usage:  transitive; used with to
Main Entry:  ascribe4
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to count; to enter into an account
Etymology:  Latin ad- + scribere 'to write'
Usage:  transitive; used with to's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

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
Climate change researchers are hesitant to ascribe a single cause for the
  warming, but they agree it's happening.
Perhaps you should not be so quick to ascribe motives.
Article makes a good point, it's foolish to ascribe one reason to such a
  complex and often non-economic decision.
The author might have done better to ascribe comic verbal ticks to only a few
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