One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the government contributed a million pounds to the fund’
give, donate, give a donation of, make a donation of, put up, come up with, subscribe, hand out, grant, bestow, present, gift, accord
provide, supply, furnish
informal chip in, pitch in, fork out, dish out, shell out, cough up
British informal stump up
North American informal kick in, ante up, pony up
2‘the colour scheme contributes a pervading sense of calm and peacefulness to the room’
impart, lend, add, give, confer
3‘evidence suggests that a minimum wage would contribute to economic recovery’
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
help, promote, advance, further, forward, oil the wheels of, open the door for, add to
formal conduce to
stand in the way of
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