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verb con·trib·ute \kən-ˈtri-byət, -(ˌ)byüt also & especially before -ed or -ing -ˈtri-bət; chiefly British also ˈkän-trə-ˌbyüt\

Simple Definition of contribute

  • : to give (something, such as money, goods, or time) to help a person, group, cause, or organization

  • : to help to cause something to happen

  • : to write (something, such as a story, poem, or essay) for a magazine

Full Definition of contribute

con·trib·ut·edcon·trib·ut·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give or supply in common with others <contribute money to a cause>

  3. 2 :  to supply (as an article) for a publication

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to give a part to a common fund or store <contribute to a fund-raising campaign> b :  to play a significant part in bringing about an end or result <many players have contributed to the team's success>

  6. 2 :  to submit articles to a publication

con·trib·u·tor play \-byə-tər, -bə-, -ˌbyü-\ noun

Examples of contribute

  1. The volunteers contributed their time towards cleaning up the city.

  2. We're trying to raise money for a new school, and we're hoping that everyone will contribute.

  3. He did not contribute to the project.

  4. In order for the team to win, everyone has to contribute.

  5. He contributed many poems to the magazine.

  6. Ten scientists contributed to the special edition of the journal.



Origin of contribute

Latin contributus, past participle of contribuere, from com- + tribuere to grant — more at tribute


First Known Use: 1530



CONTRIBUTE Defined for Kids

contribute

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verb con·trib·ute \kən-ˈtri-byət, -byüt\

Definition of contribute

con·trib·ut·edcon·trib·ut·ing

  1. 1 :  to give along with others

  2. 2 :  to have a share in something <You all contributed to the success of the project.>

  3. 3 :  to supply (as an article) for publication especially in a magazine

con·trib·u·tor \kən-ˈtri-byə-tər\ noun




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