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Ascribe Explained

ascribe at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


ascribe at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

16c. restored spelling of M.E. ascrive (c.1340), from O.Fr. ascrivre "to attribute, inscribe," from L. ascribere "to write in, to add to in a writing," from ad- "to" + scribere "to write." ///

ascribe at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v ascribe to / [ascribe sth to sb/sth] phr v// [Date: 1400-1500; Language: Old French; Origin: ascrivre, from Latin ascribere, from ad- 'to' + scribere 'to write']//
1 to claim that something is caused by a particular person, situation etc: --The report ascribes the rise in childhood asthma to the increase in pollution.//
2 to claim that something has been written, said, made etc by a particular person: --a quotation that's often been ascribed to Marilyn Monroe//
3 to believe that something or someone has a particular quality: --Local people ascribe healing properties to this fruit.// -- ascribable adj // --Most of the accidents were ascribable to the bad weather.//

ascribe at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

27 Moby Thesaurus words for "ascribe":
accredit, adduce, advance, affix, allege, apply, assign, attach,
attach to, attribute, charge, cite, conjecture, connect with,
credit, fasten, fix, give, guess, impute, lay, pin on, place, put,
refer, saddle, surmise

Ascribe at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Ascribe \As*cribe"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ascribed}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Ascribing}.] [L. ascribere, adscribere, to ascribe;
ad + scribere to write: cf. OF. ascrire. See {Scribe}.]
1. To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause; as, his
death was ascribed to a poison; to ascribe an effect to
the right cause; to ascribe such a book to such an author.

The finest [speech] that is ascribed to Satan in the
whole poem. --Addison.

2. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to
consider or allege to belong.

Syn: To {Ascribe}, {Attribute}, {Impute}.

Usage: Attribute denotes, 1. To refer some quality or
attribute to a being; as, to attribute power to God.
2. To refer something to its cause or source; as, to
attribute a backward spring to icebergs off the coast.
Ascribe is used equally in both these senses, but
involves a different image. To impute usually denotes
to ascribe something doubtful or wrong, and hence, in
general literature, has commonly a bad sense; as, to
impute unworthy motives. The theological sense of
impute is not here taken into view.

More than good-will to me attribute naught.

Ascribes his gettings to his parts and merit.

And fairly quit him of the imputed blame.

ascribe at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v : attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to
Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
[syn: {impute}, {assign}, {attribute}]

ascribe at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: was wotd » 2009|December|14


From Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » ascrivre||inscribe, attribute, impute|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » ascribo|āscrībō|lang=la, from Inter: term » ad||to|lang=la + Inter: term » scribo|scrībō|write|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » skrep-|lang=ine-pro, Inter: recons » skreb-||to engrave|lang=ine-pro. Cognate with Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » screpan||to scrape, scratch|lang=ang. More at Inter: l » en|at, Inter: l » en|scrape.


* Inter: a » UK|US Inter: IPA » /əˈskraɪb/


Inter: en-verb » ascrib|ing
  • Inter: transitiv » e To attribute a cause or characteristic to someone or something.
    1. : One may ascribe these problems to the federal government; however, at this stage it is unclear what caused them.
    2. Inter: transitiv » e To attribute a book, painting or any work of art or literature to a writer or creator.
    3. : It is arguable as to whether we can truly ascribe this play to Shakespeare.


      Inter: checksyn » s

  • attribute
  • impute

    Derived terms

    * ascribable

    Related terms

    * ascription
  • ascriptive


    Inter: trans-top » attribute a cause or characteristic
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|приписвам
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|归咎于|sc=Hani
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|toeschrijven aan, Inter: t+ » nl|wijten aan
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|alskribi
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|aiheutua, Inter: t+ » fi|johtua
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|imputer, Inter: t+ » fr|attribuer, Inter: t+ » fr|accuser

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|ascrivere
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|tilskrive, Inter: t- » no|tilskrive
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|atribuir
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|приписывать
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|imputar, Inter: t+ » es|atribuir, Inter: t+ » es|adscribir
    • Turkish: Inter: t- » tr|atfedilmiş

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » attribute a book, etc
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|приписвам
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|归功于|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|归于|sc=Hani
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|toeschrijven aan
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|liittää, Inter: t+ » fi|yhdistää
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|attribuer

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|zuschreiben
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|attribuire
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|addico|alt=addīcō
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|приписывать
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|atribuir, Inter: t+ » es|adscribir

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


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    Inter: la-verb-form » āscrībe
  • Inter: conjugation of » ascribo|āscrībō|2|s|pres|act|imp|lang=la

  • Translation: cs » ascribe
    Translation: de » ascribe
    Translation: et » ascribe
    Translation: el » ascribe
    Translation: fr » ascribe
    Translation: ko » ascribe
    Translation: io » ascribe
    Translation: it » ascribe
    Translation: kn » ascribe
    Translation: hu » ascribe
    Translation: mg » ascribe
    Translation: ml » ascribe
    Translation: my » ascribe
    Translation: pl » ascribe
    Category: simple:ascribe -
    Translation: fi » ascribe
    Translation: sv » ascribe
    Translation: ta » ascribe
    Translation: te » ascribe
    Translation: th » ascribe
    Translation: vi » ascribe