contribute

verb
con·trib·ute | \kən-ˈtri-byət, -(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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Other Words from contribute

contributor \kən-ˈtri-byə-tər, -bə-, -ˌbyü- \ noun

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 writer Kevin Freking in Washington contributed to this report. Washington Post, "Trump stands by ‘culture’ criticism of European immigration," 13 July 2018 Staff writer Stephen Deere contributed to this story. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County leaders urge action against elections official," 12 July 2018 Journal Sentinel baseball writer Todd Rosiak contributed to this report. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers activate Miley to face Pirates, summon Asher, Houser, send out Orf, Lopez, Peralta," 12 July 2018 Miami Herald staff writer Mary Ellen Klas contributed to this report. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 Associated Press writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report. Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller And Mark Sherman, Houston Chronicle, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems," 10 July 2018 Associated Press writer Elliot Spagat contributed to this story from San Diego. Brian Melley, USA TODAY, "Judge rejects request to detain immigrant children with their families long-term," 10 July 2018 Staff writer Rebecca Lurye contributed to this story. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "UConn Health, Jackson Lab To Collaborate On Statewide Pain Consortium," 5 July 2018 Further roiling Oregon’s traditional political alignments and contributing to Klan growth was a series of strikes in 1922, by longshoremen and railroad workers, both vital to the state economy. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018

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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, -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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