contributes, contributing, contributed
1) VERB If you contribute to something, you say or do things to help to make it successful.

[V to n] The three sons also contribute to the family business...

[V to n] I believe that each of us can contribute to the future of the world...

[V n to n] He believes he has something to contribute to a discussion concerning the uprising. [Also V]

2) VERB To contribute money or resources to something means to give money or resources to help pay for something or to help achieve a particular purpose.

[V n] The US is contributing $4 billion in loans, credits and grants...

[V n to/towards n] They say they would like to contribute more to charity, but money is tight this year...

[V n to/towards n] NATO officials agreed to contribute troops and equipment to such an operation if the UN Security Council asked for it. [Also V]

Derived words:
contributor [[t]kəntrɪ̱bjʊtə(r)[/t]] plural N-COUNT

...the largest net contributors to EC funds.

3) VERB If something contributes to an event or situation, it is one of the causes of it.

[V to n] The report says design faults in both the vessels contributed to the tragedy...

[V-ing] Stress, both human and mechanical, may also be a contributing factor.

4) VERB If you contribute to a magazine, newspaper, or book, you write things that are published in it.

[V to n] I was asked to contribute to a newspaper article making predictions for the new year...

[V-ing] Frank Deford is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine.

Derived words:
contributor plural N-COUNT

Reporter Alan Nearn covers Central America and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • 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

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  • 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

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