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English definition of “attribute sth to sb/sth”

attribute sth to sb/sth

verb uk phrasal verb with attribute   /əˈtrɪb.jʊt/ /-juːt/ us  
C2 to say or think that something is the result or work of something or someone else: The doctors have attributed the cause of the illness to an unknown virus. To what do you attribute this delay? Most experts have attributed the drawing to Michelangelo.
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