Meaning of ATTRIBUTE in English


verb , noun

■ verb / əˈtrɪbjuːt; NAmE / [ vn ]


attribute sth to sth to say or believe that sth is the result of a particular thing :

She attributes her success to hard work and a little luck.


attribute sth (to sb) to say or believe that sb is responsible for doing sth, especially for saying, writing or painting sth :

The committee refused to attribute blame without further information.

This play is usually attributed to Shakespeare.

►  at·tri·bu·tion / ˌætrɪˈbjuːʃn; NAmE / noun [ U ]:

The attribution of this painting to Rembrandt has never been questioned.

■ noun

/ ˈætrɪbjuːt/ a quality or feature of sb/sth :

Patience is one of the most important attributes in a teacher.



late 15th cent.: the noun from Old French attribut ; the verb from Latin attribut- allotted: both from the verb attribuere , from ad- to + tribuere assign.

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