ascribe to


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ascribe to

To attribute something to a person or source. A noun can be used between "ascribe" and "to." Unless you want the teacher to think you're plagiarizing, be sure to ascribe all of your quotes to the proper sources. Can you believe this ludicrous statement that's been ascribed to the CEO?

ascribe something to someone or something

to attribute something to someone or something; to assert that something has been caused by someone or something. Please do not ascribe that attitude to my friends. We ascribed the offensive action to Jill and only Jill.
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All of the characteristics the researchers ascribe to sexual abusers ("Men of Prey," SN: 7/27/02, p.
This leads the author to privilege organizations and tendencies which approximate these ideals (such as those informing the origins and ideology of the Frente Negra Brasileira); it also leads her to ascribe to this fictional community a history, a political philosophy, and common experience.
Liberals never acknowledge their own hatred of Western traditions; they merely ascribe their hostility to their "idealism," a motive their self-congratulation won't allow them to ascribe to conservatives.
Now the debate, like the country, has become partitioned into those who would ascribe to "art" an essentialism that they would deny to "Irishness" and those who refuse to ascribe essentialism to either.
He as much as admits this when he draws a parallel between our thoughts and those of our peers; we ascribe to our peers thoughts of the sort we ascribe to ourselves.
The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the risk that the use of our products may fail to improve the financial performance of our customers, and the risk that our current and potential customers may fail to perceive the value that we ascribe to our product offerings, or difficulties and other factors detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its most recent filings on Form 10-K.