ascribe

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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ascribe (third-person singular simple present ascribes, present participle ascribing, simple past and past participle ascribed)

  1. (transitive) 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.
  2. (transitive) 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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Verb[edit]

āscrībe

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of āscrībō