Meaning of “attribute sth to sb” in the English Dictionary

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"attribute sth to sb" in British English

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attribute sth to sb

phrasal verb with attribute uk /əˈtrɪb.juːt/ us /əˈtrɪb.juːt/ verb

to think that someone or something has a particular quality or feature:

I wouldn't dream of attributing such a lack of judgment to you.

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  • To what do you attribute your longevity?
  • In a coda to the main exhibition are various works which were once attributed to Rembrandt.
  • In this period, there were 974 outbreaks of communicable disease attributed to the consumption of raw milk.
  • She attributes her record-breaking speed to the length of her stride.
  • In 1953 he died of a heart attack attributed to drugs, alcohol and insomnia.

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