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Definition of "impute" []

  • To relate to a particular cause or source; attribute the fault or responsibility to: imputed the rocket failure to a faulty gasket; kindly imputed my clumsiness to inexperience. (verb-transitive)
  • To assign as a characteristic; credit: the gracefulness so often imputed to cats. See Synonyms at attribute. (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 "impute" in a sentence
  • "Though I don't use the word impute too often its etymology is in some ways consistent with the answer to David's question."
  • "Jumping back to Samuel Johnson's word impute, its meaning was to subtract from that same metaphorical balance sheet. about podictionary"
  • "And when she gets in front of a judge that judge will "impute" an income to you even if you are unemployed and insist that you continue to support her in the style to which she is accustomed."