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verb     ascribe pronunciation in British English
/əˈskraɪb/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyascribe
he/she/itascribes
present participleascribing
past tenseascribed
past participleascribed

phrasal verb

ascribe to

[transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyascribe to
he/she/itascribes to
present participleascribing to
past tenseascribed to
past participleascribed to
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  1. 1
    ascribe something to something to believe something is the cause of something else

    Their defeat was ascribed to a poor defence.

  2. 2
    ascribe something to someone/something to believe that something is a typical quality of someone or something
  3. 3
    ascribe something to someone to believe that a particular person wrote a book or a piece of music, painted a picture etc so that people generally accept this to be true

    a work ascribed to Homer

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