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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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  • Through her efforts, several people are contributing to make the holiday season brighter for those in need.
  • Television violence is contributing minimally to real-life violence.
  • They are expanding their exposure and proficiency which leads to the goal of contributing something new.
  • Become a vibrant member of the university community contributing to student success and retention.
  • He or she should be able to articulate and advocate for the role of student affairs in contributing to student success.
  • Another part is contributing socially and economically valuable activity to the common good.
  • Another factor contributing to higher education's leadership scarcity is the cultural shift in how people view their careers.
British Dictionary definitions for contributing

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 contributing

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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