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May 16, 2013
This week's theme
Verbs

This week's words
ensconce
equivocate
petrify
impute
exscind

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impute

PRONUNCIATION:
(im-PYOOT)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To attribute, ascribe, or credit, often unfairly.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French imputer, from Latin imputare, from in- (in) + putare (to assess, reckon). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pau- (to cut, stroke, or stamp), which is also the source of amputate, compute, dispute, count, pavid, puerile, and catchpole. Earliest documented use: 1480.

USAGE:
"'There's a tendency to impute much greater skill on the part of somebody like Jamie Dimon, who is very smooth,' Bill Miller says."
Hugh Son; Bank of America Chief's Tumbles Turn Into Strides; The Washington Post; Mar 10, 2013.

See more usage examples of impute in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
"Do you ever read any of the books you burn?" "That's against the law!" "Oh. Of course." -Ray Bradbury, science-fiction writer (1920-2012)

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