Ascribe meaning

ə-skrīb
To ascribe is to give credit for something to a specific cause or person.

An example of the word ascribe could be when a scientist is noted for a discovery or invention.

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To regard as arising from a specified cause or source.
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To assign (something) to a supposed cause; impute; attribute.
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To regard (something) as belonging to or coming from someone.

Poems that were ascribed to Homer.

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To regard as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time.

Ascribed the poem to Shakespeare.

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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.

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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.

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Origin of ascribe

  • Middle English ascriben from Old French ascrivre from Latin ascrībere ad- ad- scrībere to write skrībh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French ascrivre (“inscribe, attribute, impute”), from Latin āscrībō, from ad (“to”) + scrībō (“write”), from Proto-Indo-European *skrep-, *skreb- (“to engrave”). Cognate with Old English screpan (“to scrape, scratch”).

    From Wiktionary