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contribute

[kuh n-trib-yoot] /kənˈtrɪb yut/
verb (used with object), contributed, contributing.
1.
to give (money, time, knowledge, assistance, etc.) to a common supply, fund, etc., as for charitable purposes.
2.
to furnish (an original written work, drawing, etc.) for publication:
to contribute stories to a magazine.
verb (used without object), contributed, contributing.
3.
to give (money, food, etc.) to a common supply, fund, etc.:
He contributes to many charities.
4.
to furnish works for publication:
He contributed to many magazines.
Idioms
5.
contribute to, to be an important factor in; help to cause:
A sudden downpour contributed to the traffic jam.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin contribūtus past participle of contribuēre to bring together. See con-, tribute
Related forms
contributable, adjective
contributive, adjective
contributively, adverb
contributiveness, noun
noncontributable, adjective
noncontributing, adjective
noncontributive, adjective
noncontributively, adverb
noncontributiveness, noun
overcontribute, verb, overcontributed, overcontributing.
precontribute, verb (used with object), precontributed, precontributing.
precontributive, adjective
uncontributed, adjective
uncontributing, adjective
uncontributive, adjective
uncontributively, adverb
uncontributiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. provide, furnish, donate.
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  • Zooxanthellae provide coral with food energy through photosynthesis and contribute to the organisms' vibrant color.
  • The other terminal nuclei of the vestibular nerve also contribute fibers.
  • His flesh will furnish a common feast, and hence all must contribute to support him in his life.
  • The unemployment fund is a general one, and all workers contribute to it.
  • Ask students to contribute words describing what they know about pirates.
  • Ask students to contribute words that describe the weather in the places they have seen on the map.
  • Ask students to contribute words that come to mind when they think of pirates.
  • But there are different kinds of pollution-some visible, some invisible-that contribute to global warming.
  • Read out loud the ocean layers on the poster paper, and have students contribute their drawings that correspond to each layer.
  • Write their words on the board as they contribute their ideas.
British Dictionary definitions for contribute

contribute

/kənˈtrɪbjuːt/
verb (often foll by to)
1.
to give (support, money, etc) for a common purpose or fund
2.
to supply (ideas, opinions, etc) as part of a debate or discussion
3.
(intransitive) to be partly instrumental (in) or responsible (for): drink contributed to the accident
4.
to write (articles) for a publication
Derived Forms
contributable, adjective
contributive, adjective
contributively, adverb
contributiveness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin contribuere to collect, from tribuere to grant, bestow
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Word Origin and History for contribute
v.

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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