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ascribe (verb) attribute; to say that one thing is the cause of another; to consider that something is done by a person.
When you ascribe greatness to a person, you mean that the person has greatness; that is, you attribute greatness to him. To consider that something has happened because of a person is to ascribe the happening to the person. They ascribe all trouble in society to selfishness. This means that there is trouble in society because of selfishness. When you ascribe a book to someone, you say that they are the author of the book.
- We live a more comfortable, healthier, and longer life now than did our forefathers. We can ascribe all this to the advances in medical science and technology.
- Considering the fact that Shakespeare had no formal education, some people think that the great plays ascribed to him were actually written by Francis Bacon, the famous essayist, but this theory is not accepted by many.