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Meaning of ASCRIBE

Pronunciation:  u'skrIb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
  2. [v]  make undue claims to having

ASCRIBE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: arrogate, assign, assign, attribute, impute, repute
 See Also: accredit, anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize, blame, carnalize, charge, claim, credit, externalise, externalize, interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize, judge, lay claim, personate, personify, project, reattribute, sensualize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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 to a poison; to ascribe an effect to
   the right cause; to ascribe such a book to such an author.

         The finest [speech] that is ascribed to Satan in the
         whole poem.                           --Addison.

2. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to
   consider or allege to belong.

Syn: To {Ascribe}, {Attribute}, {Impute}.

Usage: Attribute denotes, 1. To refer some quality or
       attribute to a being; as, to attribute power to God.
       2. To refer something to its cause or source; as, to
       attribute a backward spring to icebergs off the coast.
       Ascribe is used equally in both these senses, but
       involves a different image. To impute usually denotes
       to ascribe something doubtful or wrong, and hence, in
       general literature, has commonly a bad sense; as, to
       impute unworthy motives. The theological sense of
       impute is not here taken into view.

             More than good-will to me attribute naught.

             Ascribes his gettings to his parts and merit.

             And fairly quit him of the imputed blame.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: accredit, adduce, advance, affix, allege, apply, assign, attach, attach to, attribute, charge, cite, conjecture, connect with, credit, fasten, fix, give, guess, impute, lay, pin on, place, put, refer, saddle, surmise