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ascribe

[uh-skrahyb] /əˈskraɪb/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin ascrībere, equivalent to a- a-5 + scrībere to scribe2; replacing Middle English ascrive < Middle French. See shrive
Related forms
ascribable, adjective
unascribed, adjective
Can be confused
ascribe, proscribe, subscribe.
Synonyms
1. See attribute.
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British Dictionary definitions for un ascribed

ascribe

/əˈskraɪb/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
ascribable, adjective
Usage note
Ascribe is sometimes wrongly used where subscribe is meant: I do not subscribe (not ascribe) to this view
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ascrībere to enrol, from ad in addition + scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for un ascribed
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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