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
No one is ascribing any specific belligerence to them.
If it is not unreasonable, then you have an actual reason for ascribing this to
  some sort of divine being.
Ascribing feelings to things is a way of protecting your own right to have
  feelings.
We never clothed him with those attributes of dignity which gentlemen have
  accused us of ascribing to him.
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