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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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  • It is this, indeed, which contributes in no inconsiderable degree to the perpetuity of affection.
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  • The first thoracic nerve receives a gray ramus from, and contributes a white ramus to, the first thoracic ganglion.
  • Later, he contributes the one dramatic episode in the interlude.
  • Nothing contributes more to nourish elevation of sentiments in a people, than the large and free character of their habitations.
  • Local politics also contributes to sprawl in these regions.
  • Unfortunately, cutting firewood contributes to deforestation.
British Dictionary definitions for contributes

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 contributes

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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