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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of attribuere, from ad- 'to' + tribuere; TRIBUTE


1 verb

attribute something to somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to believe or say that a situation or event is caused by something:
The fall in the number of deaths from heart disease is generally attributed to improvements in diet.
2 if people in general attribute a particular statement, painting, piece of music etc to someone, they believe that person said it, painted it etc:
a saying usually attributed to Confucius
3 to believe or say that someone or something has a particular quality:
One should not attribute human motives to animals.
attribution noun [uncountable]

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