Hypertext Webster Gateway: "attribute"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Attribute \At*trib"ute\ ([a^]t"tr[i^]*b[=u]t), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. {Attributed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attributing}.] [L.
attributus, p. p. of attribuere; ad + tribuere to bestow. See
To ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate
(to); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to
assign; to consider as belonging (to).

We attribute nothing to God that hath any repugnancy or
contradiction in it. --Abp.

The merit of service is seldom attributed to the true
and exact performer. --Shak.

Syn: See {Ascribe}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Attribute \At"tri*bute\, n. [L. attributum.]
1. That which is attributed; a quality which is considered as
belonging to, or inherent in, a person or thing; an
essential or necessary property or characteristic.

But mercy is above this sceptered away; . . . It is
an attribute to God himself. --Shak.

2. Reputation. [Poetic] --Shak.

3. (Paint. & Sculp.) A conventional symbol of office,
character, or identity, added to any particular figure;
as, a club is the attribute of Hercules.

4. (Gram.) Quality, etc., denoted by an attributive; an
attributive adjunct or adjective.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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
v 1: attribute to a source or cause; "We attributed this
quotation to Shakespeare" [syn: {impute}, {ascribe}, {assign}]
2: decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; "The
biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class" [syn:

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