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

: 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

transitive verb
:  to give or supply in common with others <contribute money to a cause>
:  to supply (as an article) for a publication
intransitive verb
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>
:  to submit articles to a publication
con·trib·u·tor \-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.


Latin contributus, past participle of contribuere, from com- + tribuere to grant — more at tribute
First Known Use: 1530


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