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. May 9, 2020 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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