to regard as resulting from a specified cause; consider as caused by something indicated (usually followed by to):
She attributed his bad temper to ill health.
to consider as a quality or characteristic of the person, thing, group, etc., indicated:
He attributed intelligence to his colleagues.
to consider as made by the one indicated, especially with strong evidence but in the absence of conclusive proof:
to attribute a painting to an artist.
to regard as produced by or originating in the time, period, place, etc., indicated; credit; assign:
to attribute a work to a particular period; to attribute a discovery to a particular country.
something attributed as belonging to a person, thing, group, etc.; a quality, character, characteristic, or property:
Sensitivity is one of his attributes.
something used as a symbol of a particular person, office, or status:
A scepter is one of the attributes of a king.
Grammar. a word or phrase that is syntactically subordinate to another and serves to limit, identify, particularize, describe, or supplement the meaning of the form with which it is in construction. In the red house, red is an attribute of house.
Fine Arts. an object associated with or symbolic of a character, office, or quality, as the keys of St. Peter or the lion skin of Hercules.
Philosophy. (in the philosophy of Spinoza) any of the essential qualifications of God, thought and extension being the only ones known.
Compare 1 (def 4b).
Logic. (in a proposition) that which is affirmed or denied concerning the subject.
Obsolete. distinguished character; reputation.
This and other excellent results are attributable to several changes in the political structure of policing.
Prosecuting Officer Wilson Won’t Bring Justice to Ferguson Candace McCoy August 22, 2014
Part of that is attributable to differences in life choices and family circumstances, but not all.
Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women Michelle Goldberg April 6, 2012
Most—though far for all—accidents are not attributable to the airport in question.
Airports From Hell The Daily Beast November 21, 2009
M.H.M. Vlak, et al. “Trigger Factors and Their attributable Risk for Rupture of Intracranial Aneurysms.”
Can Coffee Save Your Life? Anneli Rufus October 27, 2011
And this appears to be attributable, at least in part, to the fact that Mortenson had secrets he wanted to protect.
Is It Time to Forgive Greg Mortenson? Jon Krakauer April 7, 2013
One kind of gag is attributable to failure of memory or deficiency of study on the part of the player.
A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
This was, of course, attributable to the difference in their food and drink.
The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson Edward A. Moore
His success perhaps is attributable to a single event that stemmed from youthful brashness and vigorous outspokenness.
The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia C. Malcolm Watkins
The reason to which these blessings are attributable, is consideration for the elect.
Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II Martin Luther
This is attributable to the Canadian traders, who established this post to secure their trade.
Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
(transitive) usually foll by to. to regard as belonging (to), produced (by), or resulting (from); ascribe (to): to attribute a painting to Picasso
a property, quality, or feature belonging to or representative of a person or thing
an object accepted as belonging to a particular office or position
an adjective or adjectival phrase
an attributive adjective
(logic) the property, quality, or feature that is affirmed or denied concerning the subject of a proposition
1660s, from attribute (v.) + -able.
late 14c., “assign, bestow,” from Latin attributus, past participle of attribuere “assign to, add, bestow;” figuratively “to attribute, ascribe, impute,” from ad- “to” + tribuere “assign, give, bestow” (see tribute). Related: Attributed; attributing.
“quality ascribed to someone,” late 14c., from Latin attributum “anything attributed,” noun use of neuter of attributus (see attribute (v.)). Distinguished from the verb by pronunciation.
- Au lait
prepared or served with milk. Historical Examples Caf au lait came in next morning at 7.30, and was distributed by Pierre, the orderly, a most willing and really excellent fellow. Wounded and a Prisoner of War Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay adjective prepared or served with milk adjective French for served with milk Examples Café […]
- Au pair
a person, usually a young foreign visitor, employed to take care of children, do housework, etc., in exchange for room and board: We sent the children to the beach with the au pair. of, relating to, or employed under such an arrangement: an au pair girl. Contemporary Examples Sure, she was more expensive than an […]
- Au naturel
in the natural state. naked; nude. cooked plainly. ; uncooked. Contemporary Examples Marmur says—”au naturel” being a relative term in Manhattan. The One Good Thing Michele Bachmann Did: Proudly Blurt Out Her Age Judith Newman January 7, 2012 Here we see an au naturel Moore, bra-less in faded rock T-shirts and vowel-mangling California accent. Julianne […]
- Au revoir
until we see each other again; goodbye for the present. Contemporary Examples Tracy McNicoll on how Francois Hollande said au revoir to former president Sarkozy. François Hollande Sworn in as French President Tracy McNicoll May 14, 2012 Historical Examples The doctors grinned sardonic disgust; intimated that a serious danger was threatening society, and hinted an […]