impute Definition

  • 1represent (something, especially something undesirable) as being done, caused, or possessed by someone; attribute
  • 2ascribe (a moral fault or wrongdoing) to someone

Using impute: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "impute" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The rise in crime was imputed to unemployment and poverty.

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    He imputed his success to hard work and determination.

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    She imputed her colleague's mistake to carelessness.

  • Example

    The company was found guilty of imputing false information to its customers.

impute Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with impute

  • attribute a motive to someone, especially a bad one


    It is unfair to impute motives to someone without evidence.

  • attribute responsibility for a crime or wrongdoing to someone


    The prosecutor tried to impute guilt to the defendant, but the evidence was not strong enough.

  • impute value

    attribute a certain value or worth to something


    The appraiser imputed a high value to the antique vase.

Origins of impute

from Old French 'imputer', from Latin 'imputare', meaning 'to reckon, charge'


Summary: impute in Brief

The verb 'impute' [ɪmˈpjuːt] means to attribute or ascribe something, especially something undesirable, to someone. It can also mean to assign a moral fault or wrongdoing to someone. Examples include 'The rise in crime was imputed to unemployment and poverty.' and 'She imputed her colleague's mistake to carelessness.' Phrases include 'impute motive,' 'impute guilt,' and 'impute value.'