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Definitions for contribute
kənˈtrɪb yutcon·trib·ute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bringverb

    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 inverb

    contribute to some cause

    "I gave at the office"

  3. contribute, lead, conduceverb

    be conducive to

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

  4. put up, contributeverb


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


  1. contributeverb

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

  2. Etymology: From con- + tribuere from tributa

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONTRIBUTEverb

    To give to some common stock; to advance towards some common design.

    Etymology: contribuo, Latin.

    England contributes much more than any other of the allies. Joseph Addison, on the State of the War.

    His master contributed a great sum of money to the Jesuits church, which is not yet quite finished. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  2. To Contributeverb

    To bear a part; to have a share in any act or effect.

    Whatever praises may be given to works of judgment, there is not even a single beauty in them to which the invention must not contribute. Alexander Pope, Essay on Homer.


  1. contribute

    To contribute means to give something such as time, money, effort, or ideas in order to help achieve or provide something. This can often be a part of a group effort, where everyone contributes what they can to reach a shared goal. It can also refer to adding new or unique elements or perspective to a discussion or project.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contributeverb

    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. Contributeverb

    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. Contributeverb

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

  4. Etymology: [L. contributus, p. p. of contribuere to bring together, to add; con- + tribuere to grant, impart. See Tribute.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contribute

    kon-trib′ūt, v.t. to give along with others: to give for a common purpose: to furnish an article to a newspaper, &c.: to pay a share.—v.i. to give or bear a part.—adj. Contrib′utary, paying a share, contributable, subject to contribution.—n. Contribū′tion, a collection: a levy or charge imposed upon a people: anything furnished to a common stock: a written composition supplied to a jointly written book, newspaper, &c.—adjs. Contrib′utive, Contrib′utory, giving a share: helping.—n. Contrib′utor. [L. con, with, tribuĕre, -utum, to give.]

Editors Contribution

  1. contribute

    To give to a common goal, task or effort.

    They did contribute their love, time and support.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 25, 2020  

  2. contribute

    To share as a facet of a whole or group.

    At their family gatherings they all loved to contribute some type of food.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contribute in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contribute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of contribute in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Israel has much to contribute to NATO. I believe NATO has much to contribute to Israel. We've already begun that process, but I think we can extend and increase our cooperation.

  2. Marcus Johansson:

    Its fun to see everyone contribute, i dont think anyone cares who scores or what, but its fun to see everyone contribute.

  3. Barbara Galland:

    For other children, jaw alignment may contribute and dental treatment is being developed to address this, other health factors such as obesity can also contribute to sleep-disordered breathing, another reason for developing effective approaches to address this complex health issue.

  4. Anthony Robbins:

    It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute...that gives meaning to our lives.

  5. Theresa May:

    The UK has a proud history of welcoming people who are fleeing persecution to our country, we have a proud history of welcoming people who want to come to our country to contribute to our economy and contribute to our society.

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