- 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.
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Examples from the Web for contributive
It would be foolish to ignore the contributive force of this sense.Modern Religious Cults and Movements
Gaius Glenn Atkins
Henry James proposed, in each instance, to disclose "the contributive value of the accessory facts in a given artistic case."
Description also, in the most artistic fiction, is used only as subsidiary and contributive to narration.
But it is in narrative and in description that the quality of style is most contributive to the maximum effect.
The contributive part of French in the new vocabulary corresponds to the branches of activity reserved to the new-comers.A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
- 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
C16: from Latin contribuere to collect, from tribuere to grant, bestow
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Word Origin and History for contributive
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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