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attribute
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as in: I attribute it to... Define
to credit (a source for something) -- such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else (give credit or blame)
  • to say that an idea or quotation came from a specified source

  • In conversation with Rogojin he had attributed this sensation to pity—immeasurable pity, and this was the truth.
  • "Oh, undoubtedly, this person wished somehow, and for some reason, to do Evgenie Pavlovitch a bad turn, by attributing to him—before witnesses—qualities which he neither has nor can have," replied Prince S. drily enough.

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  • You don’t seem to believe in people as you did, and are always attributing motives and so on—am I using the word ’sceptic’ in its proper sense?"

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  • She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
  • She attributes her success to hard work.

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unspecified meaning
  • The sight of this pre-eminently national attribute was enough to convince anybody, without words, that it was a serious matter for those who should happen to come into contact with it.
  • ALL three of the Miss Epanchins were fine, healthy girls, well-grown, with good shoulders and busts, and strong—almost masculine—hands; and, of course, with all the above attributes, they enjoyed capital appetites, of which they were not in the least ashamed.

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  • Rogojin attributes her strangeness to other causes, to passion!
  • She is sure of your love; but besides that, she must attribute SOMETHING else to you—some good qualities, otherwise the thing would not be.
  • In reality the devil is a great and terrible spirit, with neither hoofs, nor tail, nor horns; it is you who have endowed him with these attributes!
  • We degrade God when we attribute our own ideas to Him, out of annoyance that we cannot fathom His ways.
  • The prince was taken aback by the suddenness of this last reply, and did not know to what he should attribute it.

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as in: It is an attribute of... Define
a characteristic (of something or someone)
as in: I attribute it to... Define
to credit (a source for something) -- such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else (give credit or blame)
  • to say that an idea or quotation came from a specified source

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