ascribe (something) to (something)

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ascribe (something) to (something)

To attribute something to a person or source. 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?
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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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Like previous students of the subject, he must grasp at any argument, however weak - such as the conjecture that Josephus' statement in Antiquities X.79 that Ezekiel left "two books" implies a tradition ascribing to the prophet an apocryphal as well as the canonical book.
Attributing it to Maimonides is every bit as controversial as ascribing to Thomas Jefferson a belief in the existence of certain inalienable rights.
The document sets out universal norms for permanent deacons, ascribing to them three essential norms: the proclamation of the Gospel; the service of the liturgy; and the administration of charitable works.
Silvano places the four writers firmly on the latter side, to which they provided intellectual support by ascribing to the ancient traditions now threatened the peace and justice that distinguished Venice from Rome.
Short of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Juneau, Alaska, to suspect that there is at least some possibility that Exxon is ascribing to other sources a portion of the oil that actually came from the Valdez spill.