Ascribe means to give credit to, like if you ascribe the A you got on your group project to the hard work of your partners!

Ascribe's Latin root is ascribere, meaning basically "to write in.'' Makes sense, because ascribe is often used to link writers to their words. Many a quirky quote, like "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter," is ascribed to that famous scribe Mark Twain. It can also be a way of blaming something — you might ascribe your bad attitude to your mom because she won't let you have cupcakes for dinner.

Definitions of ascribe

v attribute or credit to

assign, attribute, impute
attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
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attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
carnalize, sensualize
ascribe to an origin in sensation
give someone credit for something
attribute to another source
anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize
ascribe human features to something
personate, personify
attribute human qualities to something
accredit, credit
ascribe an achievement to
blame, charge
attribute responsibility to
externalise, externalize, project
regard as objective
interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize
incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal
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evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

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