attribute

attributes, attributing, attributed
(The verb is pronounced [[t]ətrɪ̱bjuːt[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]æ̱trɪbjuːt[/t]].)
1) VERB If you attribute something to an event or situation, you think that it was caused by that event or situation.

[V n to n] Women tend to attribute their success to external causes such as luck.

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2) VERB If you attribute a particular quality or feature to someone or something, you think that they have got it.

[V n to n] People were beginning to attribute superhuman qualities to him.

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attribution [[t]æ̱trɪbju͟ːʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT oft N of n

There's usually a lot of attribution of evil intent to those who have different views.

3) VERB: usu passive If a piece of writing, a work of art, or a remark is attributed to someone, people say that they wrote it, created it, or said it.

[be V-ed to n] This, and the remaining frescoes, are not attributed to Giotto.

[V-ed] ...a Madonna and Child attributed to Pietro Lorenzetti.

4) N-COUNT: usu with supp An attribute is a quality or feature that someone or something has.

Cruelty is a normal attribute of human behaviour...

He has every attribute you could want and could play for any team.

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