contribute


contribute
contribute con‧trib‧ute [kənˈtrɪbjuːt] verb [intransitive, transitive]
to give money, help, ideas etc to something that a lot of other people are involved in:
contribute to/​towards

• His department contributed £2.3 million towards the fund.

• They contributed to a number of worthy causes.

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contribute UK US /kənˈtrɪbjuːt/, /ˈkɒntrɪbjuːt/ verb
[I] to be one of the reasons why something happens: contribute to/toward/towards sth »

Analysts agree that subprime loans contributed to the recession.

[I or T] to add new plans or ideas, or help make improvements to something so that it becomes more valuable or successful: »

Employees are encouraged to contribute at staff meetings.

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There are a number of people who have contributed ideas.

contribute to/toward/towards sth »

It's best when leaders are clear about how they can best contribute to the overall strategy.

[I or T] to provide money or support to help another person, company, or organization to achieve its goal: contribute to/toward/towards sth »

At present, only 10% of employers contribute towards childcare costs.

contribute sth to/toward/towards sth »

Over £75 million was contributed to the campaign.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • contribute — con·trib·ute vb ut·ed, ut·ing vt: to make a contribution of vi: to make a contribution Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. contribute …   Law dictionary

  • Contribute — Con*trib ute, v. i. 1. To give a part to a common stock; to lend assistance or aid, or give something, to a common purpose; to have a share in any act or effect. [1913 Webster] We are engaged in war; the secretary of state calls upon the colonies …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contribute — Con*trib ute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contributed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contributing}.] [L. contributus, p. p. of contribuere to bring together, to add; con + tribuere to grant, impart. See {Tribute}.] To give or grant i common with others; to give to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contribute — (v.) 1520s, from L. contributus, pp. of contribuere to bring together, add, unite, collect, contribute (see CONTRIBUTION (Cf. contribution)). Figurative sense is from 1630s. Related: Contributed; contributing …   Etymology dictionary

  • contribute — [v1] donate, provide accord, add, afford, ante up, assign, bequeath, bequest, bestow, chip in, come through, commit, confer, devote, dispense, dole out*, dower, endow, enrich, furnish, give, give away, go Dutch*, grant, hand out, kick in*, pitch… …   New thesaurus

  • contribute — ► VERB 1) give in order to help achieve or provide something. 2) (contribute to) help to cause or bring about. DERIVATIVES contribution noun contributive adjective contributor noun. USAGE The first pronunciation, which puts the s …   English terms dictionary

  • contribute — [kən trib′yo͞ot] vt., vi. contributed, contributing [< L contributus, pp. of contribuere: see COM & TRIBUTE] 1. to give or provide jointly with others; give to a common fund 2. to write and give or sell (an article, story, poem, etc.) to a… …   English World dictionary

  • contribute to — index bear (support), cause, compound, espouse, further, promote (organize), serve ( …   Law dictionary

  • contribute — The standard pronunciation is with the main stress on the second syllable, although (as with distribute) pronunciation with stress on the first syllable is increasingly heard …   Modern English usage

  • contribute */*/*/ — UK [kənˈtrɪbjuːt] / US [kənˈtrɪbjut] / US [ˈkɑntrɪˌbjut] verb Word forms contribute : present tense I/you/we/they contribute he/she/it contributes present participle contributing past tense contributed past participle contributed Get it right:… …   English dictionary


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