Meaning of “attribute” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “attribute” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attribute" in American English

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attributenoun [ C ]

us /ˈæ·trəˌbjut/

a quality or feature of a person or thing, esp. one that is an important part of its nature:

Self-confidence is a rare attribute in a 17-year-old.
She has the physical attributes to become a championship swimmer.

(Definition of “attribute” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"attribute" in Business English

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attributenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈætrɪbjuːt/ us

a quality or characteristic that someone or something has:

a key/essential attribute A key attribute of the new service will be flexibility.
Organizational ability is an essential attribute for a good manager.
What are the skills and personal attributes needed for success?
a positive/negative attribute

attributeverb [ T, usually passive ]

uk /əˈtrɪbjuːt/ us

to say or think that something is the result of a particular thing:

attribute sth to sth Her success can be attributed to three main factors.

to say that a particular person was the first person to say something, do something, invent something, etc.:

attribute sth to sb This idea has long been attributed to Keynes, but in fact he was not the first to think of it.

(Definition of “attribute” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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We cannot attribute all bad weather to climate change, but we do know that the number of extreme weather events is increasing.
The ability to have a monopoly on penal coercion via a criminal justice system is perhaps the supreme defining attribute of statehood.
The development of sustainable tourism is being used as a means to attribute an economic value to wilderness areas and to promote their conservation.
On the matter of unemployment, to attribute it to something entirely independent, to something which is not the consequence of other phenomena, is a massive error.
Most importantly, the label must feature words, marks or images that attribute realistic characteristics and functions to the product and not characteristics or functions that it does not possess.
We need a new strategic vision and new targets that take into account the consistent species loss and reflect the importance that we attribute to this problem.
We have therefore witnessed the nurturing of new blood being totally neglected and we attribute an exclusively economic dimension to it all.
I attribute this tension to the fact that the realities of the decision-making and opinion-forming process not being sufficiently clearly and transparently communicated.
However, it is now important for us to keep a cool head and carry out an analysis of the current situation and, above all, to attribute responsibility.
You were, however, also fortunate in having very good committee members, who have been professional, competent and – an essential attribute in any politician involved in budgetary matters – extremely hardworking.