impute im‧pute [ɪmˈpjuːt] verb [transitive]
1. LAW to suggest that someone or something is the cause of a particular situation, or is responsible for a particular action, especially something bad:

• The court ruled that the newspaper report did impute a criminal offense.

2. TAX STATISTICS to calculate the value of something which cannot easily be measured in the usual way by giving it a value based on similar things:

• The Inland Revenue imputes a set amount of taxable income according to the size of a company car's engine.

impute something to something

• CableWest imputes to its costs an amount for connection to its exchange.

3. be imputed to something TAX if the interest on a loan is imputed to the loan agreement, the interest is calculated at market rates, even though the actual rate of interest paid may be lower than the market rates

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impute UK US /ɪmˈpjuːt/ verb [T]
LAW to say that someone is responsible for something that has happened, especially something bad, or that something is the cause of something else: »

For purposes of the company's violations, the conduct of its officials and employees may be imputed to the firm.

to calculate something when you do not have exact information, by comparing it to something similar: »

imputed costs/data/income


The Treasury imputes a notional income from such interest-free loans of 8% a year.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • impute — ► VERB (usu. impute to) ▪ attribute (something, especially something bad) to someone. DERIVATIVES imputable adjective imputation noun. ORIGIN Latin imputare enter in the account …   English terms dictionary

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  • impute — (v.) early 15c., from O.Fr. imputer (14c.) and directly from L. imputare to reckon, make account of, charge, ascribe, from assimilated form of in in, into (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + putare reckon, clear up, trim, prune, settle (see PAVE (Cf. pave)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • impute — attribute, *ascribe, assign, refer, credit, accredit, charge Analogous words: attach, *fasten, affix: *accuse, charge, indict: allege, advance, *adduce: intimate, insinuate, hint (see SUGGEST) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impute — [v] attribute accredit, accuse, adduce, ascribe, assign, blame, brand, censure, charge, credit, hang something on*, hint, indict, insinuate, intimate, lay, pin on*, refer, reference, stigmatize; concepts 44,49 Ant. defend, guard, help, protect …   New thesaurus

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