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[kuh n-trib-yoot] /kənˈtrɪb yut/
verb (used with object), contributed, contributing.
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.
verb (used without object), contributed, contributing.
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
1520-30; < Latin contribūtus past participle of contribuēre to bring together. See con-, tribute
Related forms
contributable, adjective
contributive, adjective
contributively, adverb
contributiveness, noun
noncontributable, adjective
noncontributing, adjective
noncontributive, adjective
noncontributively, adverb
noncontributiveness, noun
overcontribute, verb, overcontributed, overcontributing.
precontribute, verb (used with object), precontributed, precontributing.
precontributive, adjective
uncontributed, adjective
uncontributing, adjective
uncontributive, adjective
uncontributively, adverb
uncontributiveness, noun
1. provide, furnish, donate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Believe me, I have no pleasure in the world superior to that of contributing to yours.

    Mansfield Park Jane Austen
  • The admiral behaved like a brick, by contributing largely to the good cheer.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • In short, the time has been, when the rich were even exempt from contributing to the ordinary exigencies of the state.

    The Monikins J. Fenimore Cooper
  • You are contributing to perpetuate one of the sorest scourges of our world.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
  • Each of the unimportant details assumed significance as contributing to the totality of full-blown charm.

    Mountain Clement Wood
British Dictionary definitions for contributing


verb (often foll by to)
to give (support, money, etc) for a common purpose or fund
to supply (ideas, opinions, etc) as part of a debate or discussion
(intransitive) to be partly instrumental (in) or responsible (for): drink contributed to the accident
to write (articles) for a publication
Derived Forms
contributable, adjective
contributive, adjective
contributively, adverb
contributiveness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin contribuere to collect, from tribuere to grant, bestow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for contributing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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