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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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  • He published three song-books, and contributed to several others.
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  • It was a cooperative family effort, where everyone contributed.
  • They knew their significance and contributed in the arts and in politics and they understood public space.
  • Many factors contributed to the failure of a car that was not, technically, a failure.
  • Focus on encouraging pride and self worth for a race which has contributed economically,socially, and politically.
  • And after the invasion he contributed to the early dysfunction on the ground.
  • At the same time, some policies have probably contributed to this inequality of wealth.
  • Let's look at how the various components of economic activity contributed.
British Dictionary definitions for contributed

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 contributed

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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