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attribute
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Oliver Twist
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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

  • It had had plenty of room to expand, thanks to the spare diet of the establishment; and perhaps to this circumstance may be attributed his having any ninth birth-day at all.

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

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unspecified meaning
  • Shadows on the wall have caught your whispers, and brought them to my ear; the sight of the persecuted child has turned vice itself, and given it the courage and almost the attributes of virtue.
  • I have said that they were truly happy; and without strong affection and humanity of heart, and gratitude to that Being whose code is Mercy, and whose great attribute is Benevolence to all things that breathe, happiness can never be attained.

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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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