verb con·trib·ute \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
: to give or supply in common with others <contribute money to a cause>
: to supply (as an article) for a publication
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
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Examples of CONTRIBUTE
- The volunteers contributed their time towards cleaning up the city.
- We're trying to raise money for a new school, and we're hoping that everyone will contribute.
- He did not contribute to the project.
- In order for the team to win, everyone has to contribute.
- He contributed many poems to the magazine.
- Ten scientists contributed to the special edition of the journal.
Origin of CONTRIBUTE
past participle of contribuere,
to grant — more at tribute
First Known Use: 1530
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