V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) to explain according to or to give credit to; (n.) a quality or characteristic of a person or thing

Synonyms: (v.) accredit, ascribe, impute, credit, (n.) feature, trait, characteristic, property, quality


Tips: When attribute is a verb, it is almost always used in the formulation: to attribute x to y. Note that in the verb pronounciation, the stress is put on the second syllable, while in the noun pronounciation, the first syllable is stressed.

Usage Examples:

She attributes her victory in the Boston Marathon to lots of hard training and a positive attitude. (credits) verb

His best attribute is his willingness to help others. (trait, characteristic) noun

An excellent warranty is just one of the great attributes of my new car. (features) noun

Many successful business professionals attribute their success to superior communication skills. (credit) verb

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