im·pute / imˈpyoōt/ • v. [tr.] represent (something, esp. something undesirable) as being done, caused, or possessed by someone; attribute: the crimes imputed to Richard. ∎ Finance assign (a value) to something by inference from the value of the products or processes to which it contributes: [as adj.] (imputed) recovering the initial outlay plus imputed interest. ∎ Theol. ascribe (righteousness, guilt, etc.) to someone by virtue of a similar quality in another: Christ's righteousness has been imputed to us.DERIVATIVES: im·put·a·ble adj.im·pu·ta·tion / ˌimpyəˈtāshən/ n.