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Definition of attribute
[with object] (attribute something to)
regard something as being caused by (someone or something):he attributed the firm’s success to the efforts of the managing director the bombing was attributed to the IRA ascribe a work or remark to (a particular author, artist, or speaker):the building was attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright regard a quality or feature as characteristic of or possessed by (someone or something):ancient peoples attributed magic properties to certain stones
1a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something:flexibility and mobility are the key attributes of our army a material object recognized as symbolic of a person, especially a conventional object used in art to identify a saint or mythical figure. 2 Computing a piece of information that determines the properties of a field or tag in a database or a string of characters in a display. 3 Grammar an attributive adjective or noun. 4 Statistics a real property that a statistical analysis is attempting to describe.