Definition of contribute in US English:

contribute

verb

[with object]
  • 1Give (something, especially money) in order to help achieve or provide something.

    no object ‘she contributed to a private pension’
    ‘he contributed more than $500,000 to the center’
    • ‘Samuelson said another half dozen individuals had also contributed money but he declined to reveal their identities.’
    • ‘The university will not have contributed any funding during the 15-year period.’
    • ‘Thanks to parental and extended family support the children proudly contributed money to their class events.’
    • ‘And once it works, people will be more inclined to contribute their tax dollars.’
    • ‘May is also disappointed with the local authority for not contributing towards the cost.’
    • ‘If they did not contribute money to buy charcoal, there was no food.’
    • ‘They keep asking him if he's a member of or has ever contributed money to the Communist party.’
    • ‘The fund contributes no money toward animal testing, concentrating instead on clinical trials using human volunteers.’
    • ‘The central government was also ready to contribute money to the project, he said.’
    • ‘Each member needs to contribute a small sum to join the campaign to fund the court action.’
    • ‘Probably the most tax-efficient shelter for your money is a pension - especially lucrative if your employer contributes money to it on your behalf.’
    • ‘He wanted the businesses to contribute additional funds if they wanted any further upgrades.’
    • ‘The successful bidder will have to contribute its own funds to the incorporation of the fund.’
    • ‘In 1832, the House of Commons contributed funds towards the building of the new National Gallery in London.’
    • ‘The group thank everyone who contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection.’
    • ‘They should probably contribute their funds with more intelligence and care.’
    • ‘We are asking for your generous support in contributing towards its cost.’
    • ‘The conman asks the person contacted to contribute a small sum of money to speed up the release of the funds.’
    • ‘They do not contribute any revenue and there is no evidence they are a Crown possession.’
    • ‘Funds were contributed by private donors from Japan and the United States.’
    give, donate, give a donation of, make a donation of, put up, come up with, subscribe, hand out, grant, bestow, present, gift, accord
    impart, lend, add, give, confer
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    1. 1.1contribute tono object Help to cause or bring about.
      ‘gases that contribute to global warming’
      • ‘This exploratory movement is necessarily slow and contributes to the overwhelming sense of calm.’
      • ‘What then are the possible factors contributing to these disappointing results?’
      • ‘A drop in body temperature contributes to the risk by thickening blood and restricting circulation.’
      • ‘This effect could contribute to the health hazards related to alcoholism such as cancer risk.’
      • ‘Stevenson is well known for contributing to the gains won by homosexual people.’
      • ‘It also leads to high blood pressure which contributes to stroke and heart disease.’
      • ‘The narrow corridor and small doorways also contributes to the claustrophobic effect.’
      • ‘His interest in travel and history contributed to a phenomenal general knowledge.’
      • ‘It was a remarkable moment in Scottish politics, contributing to a resounding result.’
      • ‘This gives his music a totally unique touch and contributes to the general bleak atmosphere.’
      • ‘The priority given to low costs contributes to a consensus that service improvements are unlikely.’
      • ‘Cultural practice again creates social experience and contributes to the formation of identities.’
      • ‘On one level, this undoubtedly contributes to a general atmosphere of mayhem.’
      • ‘Why should we contribute to more atmospheric pollution when it is simply not necessary?’
      • ‘It is not enough to state that a general culture of neglect contributed to deaths.’
      • ‘Judy says its success is down to the fact that everyone involved in the NHS contributes to it.’
      • ‘As a result they will continue to contribute to the enhanced greenhouse effect.’
      • ‘Paradoxically it is this smell that contributes to the therapeutic effect of garlic on the body.’
      • ‘The dye could contribute to an increased risk of cancer, says the Food Standard Agency.’
      • ‘Leigh Brown says that the inappropriate use of drugs is contributing to the emergence of resistant strains.’
      play a part in, be instrumental in, be a factor in, be partly responsible for, have a hand in, be conducive to, make for, lead to, cause, give rise to
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    2. 1.2 Supply (an article) for publication.
      ‘he contributed articles to the magazine’
      no object ‘the staff who contribute to your sports pages are doing a splendid job’
      • ‘He regularly contributes articles to the national press, radio and television.’
      • ‘She also spent a year contributing articles to her local newspaper.’
      • ‘She was a capable journalist and contributed numerous articles to several Australian newspapers.’
      • ‘In August 1916, before the volume appeared, Morrison had asked a Mr Farrant to contribute an article.’
      • ‘If anyone would like to contribute articles or photographs they can do so to any committee member.’
      • ‘This statement was never disputed by Dreser, who contributed the next article in the same publication.’
      • ‘He was a prolific writer, contributing criticism to various magazines and newspapers.’
      • ‘He was a talented diagnostician and contributed several articles to medical journals.’
      • ‘I used to contribute a lot of articles and interviews to the magazine, as well as taking most of the photos.’
      • ‘Despite his busy schedule he contributed many articles on varied subjects.’
      • ‘This page is based on an article contributed by Anthony Smith.’
      • ‘Others have contributed occasional articles to give us welcome variety.’
      • ‘If you have something to share, please consider contributing an article.’
      • ‘We have freedom to insert Bible messages in and contribute religious articles to the valley's weekly paper.’
      • ‘I also will try to contribute an article now and then myself, on an ad hoc basis.’
      • ‘He was also writing comic books and contributing articles to counter-culture magazines.’
      • ‘The journal's staff of talented women writers contributed articles on a variety of topics.’
      • ‘He edited the Journal, contributing many of its articles himself.’
      • ‘When his wife was pregnant with their son, O'Connor says a newspaper editor rang him up asking him to contribute an article.’
      • ‘Thanks to everyone who contributed articles and photographs and those who helped with research and typing.’
    3. 1.3no object Give one's views in a discussion.
      ‘he did not contribute to the meetings’
      • ‘I do well academically and contribute regularly to class discussions.’
      • ‘Contributions from the floor make up the discussion, and all are encouraged to contribute.’
      • ‘Hopefully, this article will contribute towards such a discussion.’
      • ‘He's a brilliant thinker and writer, and I thank him for contributing to this forum.’
      • ‘Visitors are also invited to contribute to the website and to radio programmes.’
      • ‘It is a sad reflection on contemporary universities that academics contribute little to the discussion.’
      • ‘The media can contribute significantly by taking a responsible and impartial stance on conflicts and violence.’
      • ‘I invite people to contribute to the site - hopefully together we can make it better.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin contribut- ‘brought together, added’, from the verb contribuere, from con- ‘with’ + tribuere ‘bestow’.

Pronunciation

contribute

/kənˈtribyo͞ot//kənˈtrɪbjut/