[ kuhn-trib-yoot ]
/ kənˈtrɪb yut /
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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 to a common supply, fund, etc.: He contributes to many charities.
to furnish written works, drawings, etc., for publication: Our thanks to those who contributed to our alumni newsletter.
to be an important factor; help to cause something:A sudden downpour contributed to the traffic jam.
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Origin of contribute
OTHER WORDS FROM 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·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.un·con·trib·ut·ed, adjectiveun·con·trib·ut·ing, adjectiveun·con·trib·u·tive, adjectiveun·con·trib·u·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for contribute
/ (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 forms of contributecontributable, adjectivecontributive, adjectivecontributively, adverbcontributiveness, noun
Word Origin for contribute
C16: from Latin contribuere to collect, from tribuere to grant, bestow
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