An example of the word ascribe could be when a scientist is noted for a discovery or invention.
- to assign (something) to a supposed cause; impute; attribute
- to regard (something) as belonging to or coming from someone: poems that were ascribed to Homer
Origin of ascribeMiddle English ascriben (also ascriven ; from Old French ascriv-, stem of ascrire) ; from Classical Latin ascribere ; from ad-, to + scribere, to write: see scribe
transitive verbas·cribed, as·crib·ing, as·cribes
- To regard as arising from a specified cause or source: “Other people ascribe his exclusion from the canon to an unsubtle form of racism” (Daniel Pinchbeck). See Synonyms at attribute.
- To regard as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time: ascribed the poem to Shakespeare.
Origin of ascribeMiddle English ascriben, from Old French ascrivre, from Latin ascr&imacron;bere : ad-, ad- + scr&imacron;bere, to write; see skr&imacron;bh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ascribes, present participle ascribing, simple past and past participle ascribed)
- To attribute a cause or characteristic to someone or something.
- One may ascribe these problems to the federal government; however, at this stage it is unclear what caused them.
- To attribute a book, painting or any work of art or literature to a writer or creator.
- It is arguable as to whether we can truly ascribe this play to Shakespeare.