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English noun: attribute

1. attribute (cognition) a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

SamplesSelf-confidence is not an endearing property.

Synonymsdimension, property

Broader (hypernym)concept, conception, construct

Narrower (hyponym)character, characteristic, feature, feature, feature of speech, lineament, quality

2. attribute an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

Broader (hypernym)abstract entity, abstraction

Narrower (hyponym)ballast, character, cheer, cheerfulness, common denominator, depth, eidos, ethos, form, heritage, human nature, infinite, inheritance, personality, property, quality, shape, space, state, sunniness, sunshine, thing, time, trait, uncheerfulness

English verb: attribute

1. attribute (cognition) attribute or credit to

SamplesWe attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
People impute great cleverness to cats.

Synonymsascribe, assign, impute

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)accredit, anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize, blame, carnalize, charge, credit, credit, externalise, externalize, impute, interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize, personate, personify, project, reattribute, sensualize

Verb groupimpute

2. attribute (cognition) decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

SamplesThe biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)classify, relegate

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