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.


    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 formscon·trib·ut·a·ble, adjectivecon·trib·u·tive, adjectivecon·trib·u·tive·ly, adverbcon·trib·u·tive·ness, nounnon·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

Synonyms for contribute Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for contribute

Contemporary Examples of contribute

Historical Examples of contribute

  • There's at least one rich gent that'll contribute maybe that much more.

  • As to her superior talents, do they contribute to her own happiness, or to the happiness of others?

  • Let us contribute, each, in equal shares, to our common fund.

  • It is our duty to our descendants to contribute as far as is in our power to its accomplishment.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for contribute


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 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.

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