Attribute Definition

ə-trĭbyo͝ot
attributed, attributes, attributing
verb
attributed, attributes, attributing
To regard as arising from a particular cause or source; ascribe.
Attributed their failure to a lack of preparation.
American Heritage
To set down or think of as belonging to, produced by, resulting from, or originating in; assign or ascribe (to)
The play is attributed to Shakespeare.
Webster's New World
To regard (a work, for example) as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time.
Attributed the painting to Titian; attributed the vase to 18th-century Japan.
American Heritage
To ascribe as a quality or characteristic.
Webster's New World
The definition of attribute is to explain something by telling the cause or origin.
An example of attribute is to explain a person's constant coughing as a result of chain smoking.
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noun
attributes
A quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.
American Heritage
A characteristic or quality of a person or thing.
Webster's New World
An object associated with and serving to identify a character, personage, or office.
Lightning bolts are an attribute of Zeus.
American Heritage
An object used in literature or art as a symbol for a person, office, etc.
Winged feet are the attribute of Mercury.
Webster's New World
A word or phrase syntactically subordinate to another word or phrase that it modifies; for example, my sister's and brown in my sister's brown dog.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Attribute

Noun

Singular:
attribute
Plural:
attributes

Origin of Attribute

  • Latin attribuere attribūt- ad- ad- tribuere to allot tribute

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

  • From Latin attributus past participle of attribuere.

    From Wiktionary

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