To impute means to to lay the responsibility or blame for (something) often falsely or unjustly. I tried to use this in a sentence:

Even the obsequious guy who imputed Sam for violent behavior said sorry to him.

Is this sentence correct? I checked on multiple websites but I could not find its usage in the form of imputed for. Almost everywhere it was imputed to. Isn't its meaning similar to the verb blame?

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    You impute something to someone e.g. The guy who imputed violent behaviour to Sam. This is explained in the Cambridge Dictionary. Your suggested usage is an error. – Michael Harvey May 9 at 9:46
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to impute takes a direct object (the 'something' you mentioned) and an indirect object, often a person, specified by 'to', so the following would be correct:

Even the obsequious guy who imputed violent behavior to Sam said sorry to him.

This follows the many example sentences mentioned here in Lexico.

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