impute

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
  1. verb
    attribute or credit to
    “People impute great cleverness to cats”
    synonyms: ascribe, assign, attribute
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    carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
    ascribe to an origin in sensation
    credit
    give someone credit for something
    reattribute
    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
  2. verb
    attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
    “The teacher imputed the student's failure to his nervousness”
    Synonyms:
    ascribe, assign, attribute
    attribute or credit to
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    type of:
    ascribe, assign, attribute
    attribute or credit to
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