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    Here, what does "attribute" mean?

    Mr. Xi's reform plan says football can help boost patriotism and a "collective spirit"---- attributes Mr. Xi is keen to inculcate in a society fractured by rapid economic change.
    In Collins dictionary, "attribute something to some situation or event" means it was caused by some event or situation.
    But here, it's not the "attribute... to...", so what does "attributes" mean in this sentence?

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    Re: Here, what does "attribute" mean?

    Qualities of a person

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/attribute?s=t. Refer to meaning No. 5.
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    Re: Here, what does "attribute" mean?

    Attributes is a noun in that sentence. The first syllable is stressed. The definition you cite is for the verb, where the second syllable is stressed.
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    Re: Here, what does "attribute" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Attributes is a noun in that sentence. The first syllable is stressed. The definition you cite is for the verb, where the second syllable is stressed.
    Thanks!It's a noun. I got it. Thank you!

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    Re: Here, what does "attribute" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    ---- attributes Mr. Xi is keen to inculcate
    Rewrite:
    ... and these are attributes which Mr Xi is keen to instil ... etc.

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