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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: contribute:
Don't use a verb in the infinitive after contribute. Use the pattern contribute to doing something:
Wrong: Technology has contributed to improve our lives.
Right: Technology has contributed to improving our lives.
Wrong: A positive aspect of education is that it contributes to confirm one's identity.
Right: A positive aspect of education is that it contributes to confirming one's identity. You can also use the pattern contribute to something: Technology has contributed to improvements in our lives.
1) [intransitive/transitive] to give money, goods, or your time and effort in order to achieve something, especially when other people are also helping
contribute to:

Many local businesses offered to contribute to the school rebuilding fund.

contribute something to/towards something:

He promised to contribute £5,000 towards the cost of the lawsuit.

The UK will contribute 8,000 troops to the NATO operation.

2) [intransitive/transitive] to be a part of a group or an activity and help it to be successful
contribute something to something:

Davis didn't really contribute much to the game in the second half.

have a lot/much/nothing to contribute:

He felt he had nothing to contribute to the discussion.

3) [intransitive] to be one of the things that help to make something happen
contribute to:

The scandal certainly contributed to their defeat at the last election.

contributing factor (= one of the things that causes something):

Speed is a contributing factor in many road accidents.

4) [intransitive/transitive] to write stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine
contribute something to something:

She continued to contribute articles to sports magazines.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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


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