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im·pute  audio  (m-pyt) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
im·put·ed, im·put·ing, im·putes
  1. To relate to a particular cause or source; attribute the fault or responsibility to: imputed the rocket failure to a faulty gasket; kindly imputed my clumsiness to inexperience.
  2. To assign as a characteristic; credit: the gracefulness so often imputed to cats. See Synonyms at attribute.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English imputen, from Old French emputer, from Latin imputre : in-, in ; see in-2 + putre, to settle an account; see pau-2 in Indo-European roots


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