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attribute (verb) ascribe.

To say that something has happened because of some person is to ascribe the happening to the person. The genocide of the Jews in World War II is rightly ascribed to Hitler. That is, we attribute to Hitler the killing of a large number of Jews. 'I attribute my present position to the foresight of my grandfather.' This means, I am in the present position, because of the foresight of my grandfather. His failure can be attributed to his laziness; that is, his laziness is the cause of his failure.

  • She attributes her success as an actress to the training she had in the Institute of Performing Arts in New York and to the inspiration from her actor father.
  • The underlying philosophy of Buddhism, the religion founded by the Buddha, is that human suffering can be attributed to desire that is natural to human beings.
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