attribute (n.)

  1. a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; self-confidence is not an endearing property

    [ Syn: property , dimension ]

  2. an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

    attribute (v.)

  1. attribute or credit to; We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare; People impute great cleverness to cats

    [ Syn: impute , ascribe , assign ]

  2. decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class

    [ Syn: assign ]

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