from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To attribute a cause or characteristic to someone or something.
  • v. To attribute a book, painting or any work of art or literature to a writer or creator.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause
  • transitive v. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To add in writing; append (one's name) to a document, etc.; subscribe.
  • To inscribe or dedicate.
  • To enroll or register.
  • To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause or source; assign; set down: as, losses are often to be ascribed to imprudence.
  • To attribute, as a quality or an appurtenance; consider or allege to belong.
  • Synonyms Attribute, Refer, etc. See attribute.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. attribute or credit to


Middle English ascriben, from Old French ascrivre, from Latin ascrībere : ad-, ad- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ascrivre ("inscribe, attribute, impute"), from Latin āscrībō, from ad ("to") + scrībō ("write"), from Proto-Indo-European *skrep-, *skreb- (“to engrave”). Cognate with Old English screpan ("to scrape, scratch"). More at at, scrape. (Wiktionary)



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