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  1. at·trib·ute
  2. verb

    • 1. regard something as being caused by (someone or something):

      he attributed the firm's success to the efforts of the managing director his resignation was attributed to stress
    • 2. ascribe a work or remark to (a particular author, artist, or speaker):

      the building was attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright
    • 3. regard a quality or feature as characteristic of or possessed by (someone or something):

      ancient peoples attributed magic properties to certain stones

    noun

    • 1. a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something:

      flexibility and mobility are the key attributes of our army
    • 2. a material object recognized as symbolic of a person, especially a conventional object used in art to identify a saint or mythical figure:

      it was not until the end of the fifteenth century that the sandglass was depicted as the attribute of Father Time
    • 3. a piece of information which determines the properties of a field or tag in a database or a string of characters in a display.

    • 4. an attributive adjective or noun.

    • 5. a real property which a statistical analysis is attempting to describe.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: attribute, plural noun: attributes

    • verb

      regard something as being caused by:

      ascribe a work or remark to (a particular author, artist, or speaker):

    • noun

      a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something:

      a material object recognized as symbolic of a person, especially a conventional object used in art to identify a saint or mythical figure:

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