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.
To assign as a quality or characteristic: was quick to ascribe jealousy to her critics.
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