- to give (money, time, knowledge, assistance, etc.) to a common supply, fund, etc., as for charitable purposes.
- to furnish (an original written work, drawing, etc.) for publication: to contribute stories to a magazine.
- to give (money, food, etc.) to a common supply, fund, etc.: He contributes to many charities.
- to furnish works for publication: He contributed to many magazines.
- contribute to, to be an important factor in; help to cause: A sudden downpour contributed to the traffic jam.
Origin of contribute
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Examples from the Web for contribute
“I did not contribute to him, he did not contribute to me,” Duke said.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
That means that fewer and fewer everyday Americans are choosing to contribute to campaigns.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
But as a lawyer, she uses law to contribute to their protection.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
It was the fundraiser to end all fundraisers, and no one was even asked to do anything so vulgar as to contribute any cash.Kate Middleton and Prince William's $2m Dinner
December 8, 2014
There's at least one rich gent that'll contribute maybe that much more.Way of the Lawless
As to her superior talents, do they contribute to her own happiness, or to the happiness of others?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Let us contribute, each, in equal shares, to our common fund.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
It is our duty to our descendants to contribute as far as is in our power to its accomplishment.The Sexual Question
Fecundity is the end he proposes, and he rewards with intoxicating delights those who contribute to the fulfilment of his designs.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
- to give (support, money, etc) for a common purpose or fund
- to supply (ideas, opinions, etc) as part of a debate or discussion
- (intr) to be partly instrumental (in) or responsible (for)drink contributed to the accident
- to write (articles) for a publication
Word Origin and History for contribute
1520s, from Latin contributus, past participle of contribuere "to bring together, add, unite, collect, contribute" (see contribution). Figurative sense is from 1630s. Related: Contributed; contributing.