ascribe

  • 1 Ascribe — As*cribe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ascribed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ascribing}.] [L. ascribere, adscribere, to ascribe; ad + scribere to write: cf. OF. ascrire. See {Scribe}.] 1. To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause; as, his death was ascribed… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ascribe — [ə skrīb′] vt. ascribed, ascribing [ME ascriben (also ascriven < OFr ascriv , stem of ascrire) < L ascribere < ad , to + scribere, to write: see SCRIBE] 1. to assign (something) to a supposed cause; impute; attribute 2. to regard… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 ascribe — I verb accord, accredit, adsignare, affiliate, allege to belong, apply, appropriate, ascribere, assign, attach, attribuere, attribute, charge with, connect with, credit with, derive from, filiate, give, impute, point to, predicate, refer to,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 ascribe — ► VERB (ascribe to) 1) attribute (a particular cause, person, or period) to. 2) regard (a quality) as belonging to. DERIVATIVES ascribable adjective ascription noun. ORIGIN Latin ascribere, from scribere write …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 ascribe to — index blame Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 ascribe — (v.) mid 14c., ascrive, from O.Fr. ascrivre to inscribe; attribute, impute, from L. ascribere to write in, to add to in a writing, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + scribere to write (see SCRIPT (Cf. script)). Spelling restored by 16c. Related …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 ascribe — ascribe, attribute, impute, assign, refer, credit, accredit, charge mean to lay something (creditable, discreditable, or neutral) to the account of a person or thing. The first four of these words are often used interchangeably without marked… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 ascribe — [v] assign to source accredit, attribute, charge, credit, hang on, impute, lay, pin on*, refer, reference, set down; concepts 39,49 …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 ascribe to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms ascribe to : present tense I/you/we/they ascribe to he/she/it ascribes to present participle ascribing to past tense ascribed to past participle ascribed to formal 1) ascribe something to something to believe… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 ascribe — [[t]əskra͟ɪb[/t]] ascribes, ascribing, ascribed 1) VERB If you ascribe an event or condition to a particular cause, you say or consider that it was caused by that thing. [FORMAL] [V n to n] An autopsy eventually ascribed the baby s death to… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 ascribe — transitive verb (ascribed; ascribing) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin ascribere, from ad + scribere to write more at scribe Date: 15th century to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author • ascribable adjective Synonyms: ascribe,… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 ascribe — as|cribe [əˈskraıb] v ascribe to / [ascribe sth to sb/sth] phr v [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: ascrivre, from Latin ascribere, from ad to + scribere to write ] 1.) to claim that something is caused by a particular person, situation etc… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 ascribe — as|cribe [ ə skraıb ] verb a scribe to phrasal verb transitive FORMAL 1. ) ascribe something to something to believe something is the cause of something else: Their defeat was ascribed to a poor defense. 2. ) ascribe something to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 ascribe — verb ascribe sth to sb/sth phrasal verb (T) formal 1 to believe that something happens or exists because of someone or something else: The melody is ascribed to Bach. | They ascribe the country s difficulties to the last government s policies. 2… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 ascribe — UK [əˈskraɪb] / US verb Word forms ascribe : present tense I/you/we/they ascribe he/she/it ascribes present participle ascribing past tense ascribed past participle ascribed Phrasal verbs: ascribe to …

    English dictionary

  • 16 ascribe — verb /əˈskraɪb/ a) 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. b) To attribute a book, painting or any work of art …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 ascribe — v. 1) (B) the painting was ascribed to an unknown artist 2) (d; tr.) to ascribe to (she ascribed her success to hard work) * * * [ə skraɪb] (B) the painting was ascribed to an unknown artist (d; tr.) to ascribe to (she ascribed her success to… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 ascribe — verb (ascribe something to) attribute something to (a cause, person, or period). ↘regard a quality as belonging to. Derivatives ascribable adjective ascription noun Origin ME: from L. ascribere, from ad to + scribere write …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 ascribe — [əˈskraɪb] verb ascribe sth to sth …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 ascribe — ascribable, adj. /euh skruyb /, v.t., ascribed, ascribing. 1. to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute: The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians. 2. to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or… …

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