V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to consider to be the origin of; 2. to give credit to; 3. to attribute certain characteristics to a person or group

Synonyms: attribute, credit, assign, refer

Antonyms: deny, discredit, dissociate

Tips: Ascribe originates from the Latin ascribere, "to write." Ascribe is used to refer to a supposed cause, source, or author. When you ascribe something, you are attributing it to its origin. Ascribe carries with it more inference or assumption than the word "attribute." When first using the word ascribe, try to use it in place of attribute. Doing so will allow you to become more comfortable with the word.

Usage Examples:

The singer's vocal talent was, for a long time, ascribed to her mother, who ironically didn't have a good voice. (attributed, credited)

I would like to ascribe my success to hard work and brains alone, but I have to admit, there was some luck involved. (attribute, credit)

He will ascribe his success in the World Series to intense training and a bit of luck. (attribute)

Baseball ascribes its popularity to Babe Ruth. (attributes, credits)

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