• WordNet 3.6
    • v attribute attribute or credit to "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare","People impute great cleverness to cats"
    • v attribute decide as to where something belongs in a scheme "The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class"
    • n attribute an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
    • n attribute a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each year in America there are about 300,000 deaths that can be attributed to obesity
    • Attribute (Paint. & Sculp) A conventional symbol of office, character, or identity, added to any particular figure; as, a club is the attribute of Hercules.
    • Attribute (Gram) Quality, etc., denoted by an attributive; an attributive adjunct or adjective.
    • Attribute Reputation.
    • Attribute That which is attributed; a quality which is considered as belonging to, or inherent in, a person or thing; an essential or necessary property or characteristic. "But mercy is above this sceptered away; . . .
      It is an attribute to God himself."
    • v. t Attribute ăt"trĭ*būt To ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate (to); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to assign; to consider as belonging (to). "We attribute nothing to God that hath any repugnancy or contradiction in it.""The merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At least 7% of all health care costs in the United States are attributed to smoking
    • attribute To ascribe; impute; consider as belonging or as due; assign.
    • attribute Synonyms Attribute, Ascribe, Refer, Impute, Charge, have two meanings in common: they may assign some attribute, quality, or appurtenance to a person or thing, or they may connect different things, as an effect with its cause. Refer is the weakest. Attribute is stronger: as, to attribute omniscience to God; to attribute failure to incompetence. Ascribe, being most manifestly figurative, is the strongest and most common; it is rarely used in a bad sense. That which is imputed in the first sense named is generally but not always bad: as, to impute folly to a man. To impute anything good seems an archaic mode of expression. Impute is not very common in the second sense: as, to impute one's troubles to one's follies. The theological meaning of impute, that of laying to a person's account something good or bad that does not belong to him, has affected but little the popular use of the word. That which is charged, in either of the senses named, is bad: as, “His angels he charged with folly,” Job iv. 18; I charged it to their youth and inexperience. The word is a strong one, on account of its connection with legal processes, etc.
    • n attribute In logic, that which is predicated or affirmed of a subject; a predicate; an accident.
    • n attribute A character inseparable from its subject.
    • n attribute A characteristic or distinguishing mark; especially, an excellent or lofty quality or trait: as, wisdom and goodness are his attributes.
    • n attribute In the fine arts, a symbol of office, character, or personality: thus, the eagle is the attribute of Jupiter.
    • n attribute Reputation; honor.
    • n attribute In grammar, an attributive word; a word denoting an attribute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ancient Greeks had a fascination with the planet Mars. They attributed the planet to Ares, their god of war, because of its red colour
    • v.t Attribute at-trib′ūt to ascribe, assign, or consider as belonging
    • ns Attribute that which is attributed: that which is inherent in, or inseparable from, anything: that which can be predicated of anything: a quality or property
    • n Attribute a word denoting an attribute
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  • Jean De La Fontaine
    “We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.”
  • William Shenstone
    William Shenstone
    “A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Among the attributes of God, although they are equal, mercy shines with even more brilliance than justice.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “Gratitude -- the meanest and most sniveling attribute in the world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. attributus, p. p. of attribuere,; ad, + tribuere, to bestow. See Tribute


In literature:

The instrument to which Lancetti refers was dated 1546, and was attributed to Andrea Amati.
"The Violin" by George Hart
His actual body also gave expression to all the varied attributes of his personality.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
The attribution of "Andreas" to Cynewulf has just been renewed by Gollancz, and denied by Fritzsche.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
At all times the Egyptian ritual attributed considerable importance to purity, or, to use a more adequate term, to cleanliness.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
I knew not to what attribute his silence.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
She was called Pandora, which means all-gifted, having received every attribute necessary to make her charming and irresistible.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
When it is an attribute complement.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
It was attributed by some to Willis, and by others to Mrs. Child, then Miss Francis.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
Some careful observers have occasionally attributed abortion to disproportion in size between the male and the female.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
A few years ago, an able opponent of mine wrote to a journal some criticisms upon an article which he expressly attributed to me.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan

In poetry:

In these He saw His Father's face,
All Godhead's varied powers,
And joy's each attribute to trace
In sweet unconscious flowers:
"Infant Christ, With Flowers" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
How fair her glorious features shine,
Whereon the hand of God hath set
An angel's attributes divine,
With all a woman's sweetness met.
"Charity" by Victor Marie Hugo
Attune our hearts to sing Thy praise,
Expand our souls to comprehend
Thy attributes and all Thy ways,
And ever be our Guide and Friend.
"Arbor Day Tribute" by Jared Barhite
Art thou all justice, Lord?
Shows not thy word
More attributes? Am I all throat or eye
To weep or crie?
Have I no parts but those of grief?
"Complaining" by George Herbert
The second one is Dream,--
Who leads our feet
By an immortal gleam
To visions sweet;--
Through whom our forms put on
Dim attributes of dawn.
"Three Things" by Madison Julius Cawein
But where in meadow or mountain shall I match
The individual accent of the speech
That is the ear's familiar? To what sun attribute
The honeyed warmness of his smile?
To which of the deciduous brood is german
The angel peeping from the latticed eye?
"An Old Man" by R S Thomas

In news:

There is a movement in medicine today to spotlight overtreatment, in some cases attributable to poorly informed doctors, fear of lawsuits, or financial motives.
Parent and volunteer Gary Lee attributes their recent success to their defense, which was able to hold La Salle to just 3 points, despite five first half turnovers.
The first bit of brilliance attributable to this Right Brain Project show is that they thought to do it at all.
A reversal in grain prices recently attributed by many analysts to a weakening dollar was offset this week by harvest pressure.
Those attributes also described Chief Airey, and are a fitting tribute to his long record of service to the Air Force.
A painting recently re-attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that once brought £45 at auction and now said to be priced around $200 million may soon find a new home at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Meralgia paresthetica is a painful condition attributed to entrapment or injury to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve at the site where the nerve leaves the pelvis.
The caustic nature of meth can be attributed to the common household ingredients used to make it.
Michelangelo 's Drawings: The Science of Attribution by Alexander Perrig, translated by Michael Joyce Yale University Press, 167 pp.
In her new ad campaign for Vita Coco, which was shot by famed photographer Terry Richardson, the "Where Have You Been" singer shows off her bare, toned midriff , which she attributes to her recent diet and coconut water.
Teck Resources said Wednesday it expects to whether any economic uncertainty after the mining co mpany 's second-quarter profit attributable to shareholders plunged to $268 million, hurt by weaker metal and coal prices during the quarter.
Missive attributed to Lincoln turns up in odd place.
The wire service mistakenly attributed Marc Sterne's comments about the reopening of Natalie Wood case to Walken last week.
"He's strong, fast, agile, has good body awareness, he's got all the attributes it takes to be pole vault er, and he has devoted a lot of time to it," Reuer said.
This golden age is attributable mostly to private property, free markets and capitalism.

In science:

The rules have the form “L -> R”, in which the left-hand side is a conjunction of attribute-based tests and the right-hand side is a class.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
In part, the implied relatively high cell-edge fractions can be attributed to the fact that surface tension forces drive mass out of the cell walls into the edges.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
This can be attributed to the highly irregular cell shapes and curved faces of the Gaussian model.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
We find the latter is not attributed to the width of the level densities or the dimension of the Hilbert spaces.
Two-Body Random Ensembles: From Nuclear Spectra to Random Polynomials
Flux quantization is an essential attribute of superconductivity, and it is commonly assumed that the magnetic field enters type-II superconductors as an integer number of vortices, each carrying one flux quantum, φφφφ0 = h/2e. This assumption is generally wrong.
Non-Quantized Penetration of Magnetic Field in the Vortex State of Superconductors