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attribute to

Meaning: to believe that something results directly from a certain event or fact

For example:

  • attribute to Scientists now attribute the melting of the polar ice caps to global warming.

  • attribute to The rise in heart disease and certain cancers can be attributed to the high amount of red meat that many people can afford to eat these days.

Quick Quiz:

Maude was one hundred and ten years old, and she attributed her great age to
  1. eating fatty food
  2. eating healthy food
  3. smoking lots of cigarettes

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