tr.v. as·cribed, as·crib·ing, as·cribes
1. To regard as arising from a specified cause or source: "Other people ascribe his exclusion from the canon to an unsubtle form of racism" (Daniel Pinchbeck). See Synonyms at attribute.
2. To regard as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time: ascribed the poem to Shakespeare.
[Middle English ascriben, from Old French ascrivre, from Latin ascrībere : ad-, ad- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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