Definitions for contributekənˈtrɪb yut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•trib•utekənˈtrɪb yut(v.)-ut•ed, -ut•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to give (money, assistance, etc.) along with others, as to a common supply or fund.

  2. to furnish (an article, drawing, etc.) for publication.

  3. (v.i.)to give money, food, etc., to a common supply or fund.

  4. to furnish works for publication.

Idioms for contribute:

  1. contribute to,to be an important factor in.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of contribute:

1520–30; < L contribūtus, ptp. of contribuēre to bring together. See con -, tribute


Princeton's WordNet

  1. lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bring(verb)

    bestow a quality on

    "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a light note to the program"

  2. contribute, give, chip in, kick in(verb)

    contribute to some cause

    "I gave at the office"

  3. contribute, lead, conduce(verb)

    be conducive to

    "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"

  4. put up, contribute(verb)


    "The city has to put up half the required amount"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. contribute(verb)ənˈtrɪb yut

    to give sth to help

    to contribute a few dollars toward the cost; I'm happy to contribute to this kind of project.

  2. contributeənˈtrɪb yut

    to be part of the reason why sth happened

    Heavy rain contributed to the plane's landing problems.

  3. contributeənˈtrɪb yut

    to write articles for a newspaper, magazine, etc.

    She often contributes to the paper.


  1. contribute(Verb)

    To give something, that is or becomes part of a larger whole.

  2. Origin: From con- + tribuere from tributa

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contribute(verb)

    to give or grant i common with others; to give to a common stock or for a common purpose; to furnish or suply in part; to give (money or other aid) for a specified object; as, to contribute food or fuel for the poor

  2. Contribute(verb)

    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

  3. Contribute(verb)

    to give or use one's power or influence for any object; to assist

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contribute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3627

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contribute' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4363

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contribute' in Verbs Frequency: #326

Translations for contribute

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give (money, help etc) along with others

Have you contributed (any money) to this charity?; I've been contributing (articles) to this paper for many years.

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