contribute

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

Essential Meaning of contribute

1 : to give (something, such as money, goods, or time) to help a person, group, cause, or organization He contributed [=donated] 100 dollars to the charity. The volunteers contributed their time towards cleaning up the city. See More ExamplesShe contributed [=added] little to the discussion. 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.Hide
2 : to help to cause something to happen In order for the team to win, everyone has to contribute.
3 : to write (something, such as a story, poem, or essay) for a magazine He contributed many poems to the magazine. Ten scientists contributed to the special edition of the journal.

Full Definition of contribute

1 transitive + intransitive : to give or supply (something, such as money or time) as a part or share contribute money to a cause contributed canned goods to the food drive What percentage of your pay should you contribute to your 401(k)? We'd like to thank all who contributed their time and effort. I'm happy to attend, but I don't have much to contribute to the discussion. Many people contributed to the fund-raising campaign. If you are a parent, success is probably defined by how well your children turned out. Are they happy, successful adults? Do they contribute to society in a positive way?— Bill Nordbrock
2 transitive + intransitive : to supply (something, such as an article) for a publication He contributed several poems to the magazine. The following authors contributed to this issue: …
3 intransitive : to play a significant part in making something happen Many players have contributed to the team's success. "We cannot address climate change without looking at all the components that are contributing to the problem of emissions."— Tony de Brum

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Second, all countries should participate in and contribute to the OEWG on space threats to discuss how to move towards a global ban on destructive ASAT testing. Brian Weeden, Scientific American, 14 Jan. 2022 Researchers over the years have identified other factors that are associated with and may contribute to MS development, such as Vitamin D deficiency, smoking, obesity, and UVB exposure. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 13 Jan. 2022 La Niña brings some cool ocean waters to the surface and can contribute to slightly cooler global temperatures. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 The radar and lidar data are fused but kept separate from the camera data and fed into the RSS model which is meant to ensure that the system never commands something that will cause or contribute to a crash. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Admittedly, that adrenaline rush can be a great feeling, and stress and frustration can majorly contribute to the fun and challenge of gaming. Sarah Toscano, EW.com, 4 Jan. 2022 The structures have been shown to restrict public access and contribute to beach erosion. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2022 Lascary: The implementation of the E.U.’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMS) is a beautiful opportunity to diversify our film partners and contribute to the emerging of atypical talents. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 31 Dec. 2021 Superstars like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka had spoken candidly about the way mental health issues could contribute to subpar performances. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of contribute

1530, in the meaning defined at 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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The first known use of contribute was in 1530

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18 Jan 2022

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“Contribute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contribute. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for contribute

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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