at·trib·utes (ə-trĭb′yo͞ot) tr.v. at·trib·ut·ed, at·trib·ut·ing, at·trib·utes, at·trib′ut·a·ble adj.
at·trib′ut·er, at·trib′u·tor n.
1. To regard as arising from a particular cause or source; ascribe: she attributed their failure to a lack of preparation. I attribute my healthy weight to exercising regularly.
2. To regard (a work, for example) as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time: attributed the painting to Titian; attributed the vase to 18th-century Japan.
n. at·tri·bute (ăt′rə-byo͞ot′)1. A quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.
3. A set of objects or characteristics associated with and serving to identify a thing, a character, personage, or office: Red and sweet are attributes that describe a strawberry. She attributes his bad temper to ill health.

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