- 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 contributing
Vicky Ward was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair for 11 years.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
When My Own Private Idaho came out, that was the first time somebody from our generation was contributing.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
Other contributing writers on the original series included Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, and Earl Hamner, Jr.How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
November 13, 2014
Success on the field certainly has been a contributing factor to students remaining excited about attending games.How The University of Wisconsin Badgers Are Bucking the Big Ten Ticket Flop
October 31, 2014
GLAAD even does an annual ranking of networks (PDF) based on how much each is contributing to the positive image of gays.Popular Novelist Ken Follett Is a Slightly Unlikely and Certainly Unsung Gay Icon
October 1, 2014
Then, there were the slaves, contributing their dark shade to the picture of society.Old News
Do you think her capable of contributing to your pleasure or your happiness?The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
You are not paying for it, my child; you are only contributing some alms to the Church.The Book of Khalid
To these Mrs. West added blue, by contributing a piece of indigo.
To this feeling a circumstance that followed assisted in contributing.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
- 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 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.