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verb attribute pronunciation in American English /əˈtrɪˌbjut/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyattribute
he/she/itattributes
present participleattributing
past tenseattributed
past participleattributed

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phrasal verb

attribute to

[transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyattribute to
he/she/itattributes to
present participleattributing to
past tenseattributed to
past participleattributed to
  1. 1
    attribute something to someone/something to believe that something is the result of a particular situation, event, or persons actions
    Her teachers attributed her learning difficulties to emotional problems.
  2. 2
    attribute something to someone to believe or say that something was written, said, painted, etc. by a particular person
    Marcello’s work was at first attributed to his brother Benedetto.
    Quotes attributed to him have been taken out of context.
  3. 3
    attribute something to someone/something to think of someone or something as having a particular quality or feature
    People are attributing qualities to me that I just don’t have.

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