[ 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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Idioms for contribute
contribute to, to be an important factor in; help to cause: A sudden downpour contributed to the traffic jam.
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·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 non-contributive
/ (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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