contribute

verb
con·​trib·​ute | \ kən-ˈtri-byət How to pronounce contribute (audio) , -(ˌ)byüt also and especially before -​ed or -​ing -ˈtri-bət; chiefly British also ˈkän-trə-ˌbyüt\
contributed; contributing

Definition of contribute

transitive verb

1 : to give or supply in common with others contribute money to a cause
2 : to supply (something, such as an article) for a publication He contributed several poems to the magazine.

intransitive verb

1a : 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.
2 : to submit articles to a publication

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Synonyms for contribute

Synonyms

chip in, kick in, pitch in

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Examples of contribute in a Sentence

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.
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Associated Press journalists Raf Wober and Alice Fung in Hong Kong, Johnson Lai in Taipei, Taiwan and Sally Ho in Seattle contributed to this report. Christopher Bodeen, Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters storm Hong Kong’s streets as legislature delays debate on China extradition bill," 12 June 2019 Arthur Blank, another founder of Home Depot and an owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United of the MLS, contributed an additional $15 million. USA TODAY, "Black Union regiment flag, Notorious BIG, Pikachu the mini pony: News from around our 50 states," 12 June 2019 His students, Allison Donahue, Jamie Fleury and Shirley Keys, contributed to this report. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 Louisa Thomas is a contributing writer to The New Yorker. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Kevin Durant and Achilles, Two Heroes Who Had Decisions to Make," 11 June 2019 Peter Abraham and Bob Hohler of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Wife of David Ortiz says he’s ‘resting comfortably’ at MGH after second surgery," 11 June 2019 Interestingly, the cheesemaking process contributes to the amount of lactose. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "These Are the Cheeses That Have the Lowest Levels of Lactose," 11 June 2019 Baltimore Sun reporter Talia Richman contributed to this article. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "'100 percent': Attorney says Pugh recently fulfilled final 'Healthy Holly' deal with UMMS," 11 June 2019 IndyStar reporters Alexandria Burris, Crystal Hill, James Briggs and Kellie Hwang contributed to this report. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "How scooters have changed Indianapolis after 1 year," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of contribute

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for contribute

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

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contribute

verb

English Language Learners 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

contribute

verb
con·​trib·​ute | \ kən-ˈtri-byət How to pronounce contribute (audio) , -byüt\
contributed; contributing

Kids Definition of contribute

1 : to give along with others
2 : to have a share in something You all contributed to the success of the project.
3 : to supply (as an article) for publication especially in a magazine

Other Words from contribute

contributor \ kən-​ˈtri-​byə-​tər \ noun

contribute

verb
con·​trib·​ute
contributed; contributing

Legal Definition of contribute

transitive verb

: to make a contribution of

intransitive verb

: to make a contribution

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