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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Contreras contributed to this report from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jesse J. Holland And Russell Contreras, chicagotribune.com, "Trump draws fierce criticism for saying immigration is 'changing the culture' of Europe for worse," 14 July 2018 Staff photojournalist Mike Stocker contributed to this report. Juan Ortega, Sun-Sentinel.com, "FPL restores power to downtown Hollywood after damaged pole caused outage," 14 July 2018 Associated Press writer Susannah George in Washington contributed to this report. Jill Colvin And Renata Brito, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Russian individuals did their work during the Obama years,’ Trump tweets," 14 July 2018 Associated Press writers Darlene Superville, Richard Lardner, Desmond Butler and Mary Clare Jalonick in Washington and Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report. CBS News, "Trump responds to Russian hacking indictment by blaming Obama administration," 14 July 2018 In Midtown Manhattan, business improvement districts can contribute to the cost of maintaining the space created when streets are closed — the gardeners who tend the flowers, the trash collectors who pick up litter. James Barron, New York Times, "Lounge in Them. Dash Through Them. But Don’t Call Them Parks.," 13 July 2018 Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report. Costas Kantouris And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Greece expels Russian diplomats over alleged protest money," 13 July 2018 IndyStar reporter Tony Cook contributed to this story. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Governor's office halts auto-tweet policy after criticism of link to Curtis Hill statement," 13 July 2018 Staff writer Tresa Baldas contributed to this report. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case," 13 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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