ascribe


ascribe
as|cribe [əˈskraıb] v
ascribe to / [ascribe sth to sb/sth] phr v
[Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: ascrivre, from Latin ascribere, from ad- 'to' + scribere 'to write']
1.) to claim that something is caused by a particular person, situation etc
The report ascribes the rise in childhood asthma to the increase in pollution.
2.) to claim that something has been written, said, made etc by a particular person
a quotation that's often been ascribed to Marilyn Monroe
3.) to believe that something or someone has a particular quality
Local people ascribe healing properties to this fruit.
>ascribable adj
Most of the accidents were ascribable to the bad weather.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Ascribe — As*cribe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ascribed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ascribing}.] [L. ascribere, adscribere, to ascribe; ad + scribere to write: cf. OF. ascrire. See {Scribe}.] 1. To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause; as, his death was ascribed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ascribe — [ə skrīb′] vt. ascribed, ascribing [ME ascriben (also ascriven < OFr ascriv , stem of ascrire) < L ascribere < ad , to + scribere, to write: see SCRIBE] 1. to assign (something) to a supposed cause; impute; attribute 2. to regard… …   English World dictionary

  • ascribe — I verb accord, accredit, adsignare, affiliate, allege to belong, apply, appropriate, ascribere, assign, attach, attribuere, attribute, charge with, connect with, credit with, derive from, filiate, give, impute, point to, predicate, refer to,… …   Law dictionary

  • ascribe — ► VERB (ascribe to) 1) attribute (a particular cause, person, or period) to. 2) regard (a quality) as belonging to. DERIVATIVES ascribable adjective ascription noun. ORIGIN Latin ascribere, from scribere write …   English terms dictionary

  • ascribe to — index blame Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ascribe — (v.) mid 14c., ascrive, from O.Fr. ascrivre to inscribe; attribute, impute, from L. ascribere to write in, to add to in a writing, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + scribere to write (see SCRIPT (Cf. script)). Spelling restored by 16c. Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • ascribe — ascribe, attribute, impute, assign, refer, credit, accredit, charge mean to lay something (creditable, discreditable, or neutral) to the account of a person or thing. The first four of these words are often used interchangeably without marked… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ascribe — [v] assign to source accredit, attribute, charge, credit, hang on, impute, lay, pin on*, refer, reference, set down; concepts 39,49 …   New thesaurus

  • ascribe to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms ascribe to : present tense I/you/we/they ascribe to he/she/it ascribes to present participle ascribing to past tense ascribed to past participle ascribed to formal 1) ascribe something to something to believe… …   English dictionary

  • 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… …   English dictionary

  • ascribe — transitive verb (ascribed; ascribing) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin ascribere, from ad + scribere to write more at scribe Date: 15th century to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author • ascribable adjective Synonyms: ascribe,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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