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contribute

[kuhn-trib-yoot]
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:
1520–30; < Latin contribūtus past participle of contribuēre to bring together. See con-, tribute

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


1. provide, furnish, donate.
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contribute (kənˈtrɪbjuːt)
 
vb
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.  (intr) to be partly instrumental (in) or responsible (for): drink contributed to the accident
4.  to write (articles) for a publication
 
[C16: from Latin contribuere to collect, from tribuere to grant, bestow]
 
con'tributable
 
adj
 
con'tributive
 
adj
 
con'tributively
 
adv
 
con'tributiveness
 
n

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contribute
1530, from L. contribut-, pp. stem of contribuere "to bring together, add, contribute" (see contribution). Fig. sense is from 1630s.
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