At·trib·ute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Attributing.] To ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate (to); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to assign; to consider as belonging (to).
We attribute nothing to God that hath any repugnancy or contradiction in it. --Abp. Tillotson.
The merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer. --Shak.
Syn: -- See Ascribe.
1. That which is attributed; a quality which is considered as belonging to, or inherent in, a person or thing; an essential or necessary property or characteristic.
But mercy is above this sceptered away; . . .
It is an attribute to God himself. --Shak.
2. Reputation. [Poetic]
3. Paint. & Sculp. A conventional symbol of office, character, or identity, added to any particular figure; as, a club is the attribute of Hercules.
4. Gram. Quality, etc., denoted by an attributive; an attributive adjunct or adjective.
n 1: a construct whereby objects or individuals can be
distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing
property" [syn: property, dimension]
2: an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
v 1: attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to
Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
[syn: impute, ascribe, assign]
2: decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; "The
biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class" [syn: