The verb impute can be used to blame someone for doing something bad, give credit for good work, or just tell it like it is, like when you impute your lateness to my not telling you where to meet me.

When you impute something, you name the cause of something that has happened. For example, you might impute your ability to sing well to the thousands of dollars your parents spent in voice lessons. In other words, you name the source. You can also impute a person, like imputing to a teacher your love of learning — he or she helped you become more interested in school and your classes.

Definitions of impute

v attribute or credit to

“People impute great cleverness to cats”
ascribe, assign, attribute
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carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, 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

v attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source

“The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness”
ascribe, assign, attribute
attribute or credit to
Type of:
ascribe, assign, attribute
attribute or credit to

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