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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Also discovered were deficiencies in other areas that might contribute to dementia, such as high levels of fasting insulin. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 However, Forbes also points out that Trump's policies and public persona may be a contributing factor to his overall loss of wealth. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How Much Is Donald Trump Worth?," 2 Oct. 2018 Investors are adjusting to that transition, which is contributing to the stock’s decline, said Arif Karim, senior investment analyst at Ensemble Capital Management. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Shares Sink After iPhone Suppliers Lower Outlooks," 12 Nov. 2018 The tweet also included a link to a webpage which displayed several charity organizations that the royal couple encouraged those inclined to contribute to chose from. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Will Guests Bring Gifts to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding?," 11 Oct. 2018 The misperception that bullying is a schoolyard issue, not something that happens to adults, also contributes to the self-doubt that so many targets feel. Jessica Press, Redbook, "Women Need to Know They Don't Have to Take Bullying in the Workplace," 19 Sep. 2018 While leaks and clogs could be contributing to your problems, a broken fan is a more common ailment. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Diagnose an Overheating Car," 14 Sep. 2018 The attack made policymakers around the world fret that an equally homicidal but more effective terrorist group might one day obtain weapons of mass destruction—a fear that contributed to the Iraq war in 2003. The Economist, "On the hanging of Shoko Asahara, Japan’s nerve-gas guru," 12 July 2018 In the face of rising global oil prices, members of the OPEC cartel and a few non-members including Russia agreed last month to ease production caps that had contributed to the run-up in prices. David Koenig, The Christian Science Monitor, "US expected to surpass Saudi Arabia, Russia as world's top oil producer," 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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