[ kuhn-trib-yoot ]
/ kənˈtrɪb yut /
verb (used with object), con·trib·ut·ed, con·trib·ut·ing.
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), con·trib·ut·ed, con·trib·ut·ing.
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.
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contribute to, to be an important factor in; help to cause: A sudden downpour contributed to the traffic jam.
Origin of contribute
con·trib·ut·a·ble, adjectivecon·trib·u·tive, adjectivecon·trib·u·tive·ly, adverbcon·trib·u·tive·ness, noun
non·con·trib·ut·a·ble, adjectivenon·con·trib·ut·ing, adjectivenon·con·trib·u·tive, adjectivenon·con·trib·u·tive·ly, adverbnon·con·trib·u·tive·ness, nouno·ver·con·trib·ute, verb, o·ver·con·trib·ut·ed, o·ver·con·trib·ut·ing.pre·con·trib·ute, verb (used with object), pre·con·trib·ut·ed, pre·con·trib·ut·ing.pre·con·trib·u·tive, adjectiveun·con·trib·ut·ed, adjectiveun·con·trib·ut·ing, adjectiveun·con·trib·u·tive, adjectiveun·con·trib·u·tive·ly, adverbun·con·trib·u·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for contributable
/ (kənˈtrɪbjuːt) /
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
(intr) to be partly instrumental (in) or responsible (for)drink contributed to the accident
to write (articles) for a publication
Derived Formscontributable, adjectivecontributive, adjectivecontributively, adverbcontributiveness, noun
Word Origin for contribute
C16: from Latin contribuere to collect, from tribuere to grant, bestow
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Word Origin and History for contributable
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.
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