attribute vs contribute :

attribute or contribute

When trying to give credit to someone, say that you attribute your success to their help, not contribute. (Of course, a politician may attribute his success to those who contribute to his campaign fund, but probably only in private.)

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  • n  a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
  • n  an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  • v  attribute or credit to
    We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare
  • v  decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

  • v  bestow a quality on
  • v  contribute to some cause
  • v  be conducive to
  • v  provide
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