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verb attribute pronunciation in British English /əˈtrɪbjuːt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleattributing
past tenseattributed
past participleattributed

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phrasal verb

attribute to

Word Forms
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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