|Origin:||, past participle of attribuere, from ad- 'to' + tribuere; TRIBUTE|
attribute something to somebody/somethingphrasal verb
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.
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
to believe or say that someone or something has a particular quality:
One should not attribute human motives to animals.
—attribution noun [uncountable]