Pronunciation: /əˈtriˌbyo͞ot /[with object] (attribute something to)
- 1Regard something as being caused by (someone or something): he attributed the firm’s success to the efforts of the managing director the bombing was attributed to the IRAMore example sentences
ascribe to, assign to, accredit to, credit to, impute to; put down to, chalk up to; hold responsible for, blame on, pin on; connect with, associate with
- The firm attributed the profit to rising prices and lower interest payments to its creditors.
- The firm attributes the loss to its heavy investment in the Special Olympics and its involvement in a number of long-term development projects.
- The firm attributes its success to a talented staff and an open culture that honors individual creativity and nurtures teamwork.
- 1.1Ascribe a work or remark to (a particular author, artist, or speaker): the building was attributed to Frank Lloyd WrightMore example sentences
- Until recently, the angriest reaction I ever got to one of my reviews was when I criticised an author for attributing thoughts to Teddy Roosevelt's dog.
- He never attributed the line to Kennedy in his remarks, nor does the transcribed version of his speech.
- Willfully to misinterpret a text is akin to attributing an action to the author that he did not commit.
- 1.2Regard a quality or feature as characteristic of or possessed by (someone or something): ancient peoples attributed magic properties to certain stonesMore example sentences
- Rather than describing a man's character by attributing various qualities to him, they preferred to exemplify it by saying the sort of things that he might do.
- Anna now believes that she was in love with a person who really didn't exist - an imaginary person that she created by attributing characteristics to Bill that he didn't actually possess.
- More grating, though, is the narrator, who is constantly attributing characteristics to these people - wit, say, or charisma, or confidence - which are in no way borne out by anything they say or do.
Pronunciation: /ˈatrəˌbyo͞ot /Back to top
- 1A quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something: flexibility and mobility are the key attributes of our armyMore example sentences
- He has the height and he is very strong across the chest, shoulders and in the legs - key attributes for good quality rowers.
- We agreed on the key attributes of the character and the artistic direction.
- The applicant must show that she has attributes or characteristics which distinguish her from all other persons.
- 1.1A material object recognized as symbolic of a person, especially a conventional object used in art to identify a saint or mythical figure.More example sentences
- The depiction of her as St Margaret shows her in contemporary dress but with the attributes of the saint.
- Centered on the canvas, each image bears a number of formal attributes associated with conventional portraiture.
- Mayan examples are identified by glyphs and attributes, and are understood to represent specific subjects.
- 2 Computing A piece of information that determines the properties of a field or tag in a database or a string of characters in a display.More example sentences
- The destination of the alias is stored in the maildrop attribute.
- First, you can apply the CSS inline using the style attribute on any tag.
- You'll have to tolerate the error messages concerned with the attributes.
- 4 Statistics A real property that a statistical analysis is attempting to describe.More example sentences
- Nest attributes used in the statistical analyses were measured at the start of the first film.
- This does not mean that individuals have the attributes of the statistical group.
- Metadata is a set of attributes used to describe an object.
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- Mr Thomas said the upswing in TV sales was directly attributable to the Olympics.
- The rapid expansion of the World Cup is largely attributable to the TV coverage which makes it a truly global event.
- Who can deny that Elvis's success was partially attributable to the female record-buying public?
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- The story also cites anonymous sources, and in some cases makes claims with no attribution at all.
- By plagiarize I mean he's copied them verbatim without attribution or with false attributions.
- If anyone knows where it came from originally, please let me know so I can give proper attribution.
late 15th century: as a noun from Old French attribut, and as a verb from Latin attribut- 'allotted', both from the verb attribuere, from ad- 'to' + tribuere 'assign'.