Ascribe

[ uh-skrahyb ]

Part of Speech

verb (1),verb (2)

Definition

verb (1)

to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic

verb (2)

to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute

Origin + Etymology

Middle English; Latin

from Latin ascribere, from ad- ‘to’ + scribere ‘write

Synonyms

verb (1)

  • belong
  • accredit
  • associate

verb (2)

  • attribute
  • accredit
  • credit
  • reference

Antonyms

verb (1)

  • dissociate
  • disconnect

verb (2)

  • separate
  • dissociate

Examples

verb (1)

Hard-working is a quality commonly ascribed to top bosses.

verb (2)

She ascribed her short temper to being hungry and tired.

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