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ATTRIBUTE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attribute mean? 

ATTRIBUTE (noun)
  The noun ATTRIBUTE has 2 senses:

1. a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
2. an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

  Familiarity information: ATTRIBUTE used as a noun is rare.


ATTRIBUTE (verb)
  The verb ATTRIBUTE has 2 senses:

1. attribute or credit to
2. decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

  Familiarity information: ATTRIBUTE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATTRIBUTE (noun)


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Meaning:

A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

attribute; dimension; property

Context example:

self-confidence is not an endearing property

Hypernyms ("attribute" is a kind of...):

concept; conception; construct (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attribute"):

character; lineament; quality (a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something)

characteristic; feature (a prominent aspect of something)


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Meaning:

An abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

Classified under:

Nouns with no superordinates

Hypernyms ("attribute" is a kind of...):

abstraction (a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attribute"):

state (the way something is with respect to its main attributes)

heritage; inheritance (any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors)

property (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class)

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

eidos ((anthropology) the distinctive expression of the cognitive or intellectual character of a culture or a social group)

ethos ((anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era)

ballast (an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings)

uncheerfulness (not conducive to cheer or good spirits)

cheer; cheerfulness; sunniness; sunshine (the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom)

personality (the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual)

common denominator (an attribute that is common to all members of a category)

form; shape (the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance)

time (the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past)

infinite; space (the unlimited expanse in which everything is located)

human nature (the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human beings)

trait (a distinguishing feature of your personal nature)

character ((genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes)

thing (any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence)


ATTRIBUTE (verb)


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Meaning:

Attribute or credit to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

ascribe; impute; attribute; assign

Context examples:

We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare / People impute great cleverness to cats

Hypernyms (to "attribute" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attribute"):

accredit; credit (give credit for)

blame; charge (attribute responsibility to)

externalise; externalize; project (regard as objective)

interiorise; interiorize; internalise; internalize (incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal)

personate; personify (attribute human qualities to something)

anthropomorphise; anthropomorphize (ascribe human features to something)

reattribute (attribute to another source)

credit (give someone credit for something)

carnalize; sensualize (ascribe to an origin in sensation)

impute (attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s something PP


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Meaning:

Decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

attribute; assign

Context example:

The biologist assigned the mushroom to the proper class

Hypernyms (to "attribute" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attribute"):

classify; relegate (assign to a class or kind)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


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