Attribute is defined as a quality or characteristic of a person, place or thing.(noun)
Intelligence, charm and a sense of humor are each an example of an attribute.
The definition of attribute is to explain something by telling the cause or origin.(verb)
An example of attribute is to explain a person's constant coughing as a result of chain smoking.
See attribute in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L attributus, pp. of attribuere, to assign < ad-, to + tribuere, to assign < tribus: see tribe
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transitive verb at·trib·ut·ed, at·trib·ut·ing, at·trib·utes
Origin: Latin attribuere, attribūt-
Origin: : ad-, ad-
Origin: + tribuere, to allot; see tribute.
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