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Definition of "ascribe" []

  • To attribute to a specified cause, source, or origin: "Other people ascribe his exclusion from the canon to an unsubtle form of racism” ( Daniel Pinchbeck). See Synonyms at attribute. (verb-transitive)
  • To assign as a quality or characteristic: was quick to ascribe jealousy to her critics. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ascribe" in a sentence
  • "Do you as a Born Again ascribe to the “scriptures” that the sons of Ham are cursed with black skin?"
  • "What he means by that is when some work or action is ascribed to someone the word ascribe is chosen because we are happy about whatever the story entails."
  • "David asked about the word ascribe which literally means "to write.""