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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.


Synonymsassign


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment


Narrower (hyponym)classify, relegate









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