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.
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
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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