- 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 contributed
He has contributed to a false picture of law enforcement based on isolated injustices.Bill de Blasio’s Tea Party Problem
December 30, 2014
CPI reporters David Heath and Ben Wieder contributed to this report.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
PunditFact staff writer Jon Greenberg contributed to this report.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 23
November 23, 2014
In Afghanistan, the United States has contributed to increasing life expectancy from 44 years to 61 years.Politics End In Halifax As Democratic and GOP Senators Seek Common Ground on National Security
November 22, 2014
To some extent, it seems, “the law enforcement vector” contributed to the radicalization of Abu Omar.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.
September 29, 2014
From this strength we have contributed to the recovery and progress of the world.
Peace can be contributed to by respect for our ability in defense.
They are what modern life has contributed to the antique ideal of friendship.De Profundis
It is probable that Handel himself had contributed to the downfall of the Academy.Handel
Edward J. Dent
Other, though fainter, sounds than these contributed to my restlessness.Sketches from Memory (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- 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 contributed
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.