Definition of contribute in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈtribyo͞ot/


[with object]
1Give (something, especially money) in order to help achieve or provide something: he contributed more than $500,000 to the center [no object]: she contributed to a private pension
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  • Thanks to parental and extended family support the children proudly contributed money to their class events.
  • Samuelson said another half dozen individuals had also contributed money but he declined to reveal their identities.
  • They keep asking him if he's a member of or has ever contributed money to the Communist party.
give, donate, put up, subscribe, hand out, grant, bestow, present, provide, supply, furnish
informal chip in, pitch in, fork out, shell out, cough up, kick in, ante up, pony up
1.1 [no object] (contribute to) Help to cause or bring about: gases that contribute to global warming
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  • This gives his music a totally unique touch and contributes to the general bleak atmosphere.
  • It was a remarkable moment in Scottish politics, contributing to a resounding result.
  • The narrow corridor and small doorways also contributes to the claustrophobic effect.
play a part in, be instrumental in, be a factor in, have a hand in, be conducive to, make for, lead to, cause
1.2Supply (an article) for publication: he contributed articles to the magazine [no object]: the staff who contribute to your sports pages are doing a splendid job
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  • She was a capable journalist and contributed numerous articles to several Australian newspapers.
  • He was also writing comic books and contributing articles to counter-culture magazines.
  • She also spent a year contributing articles to her local newspaper.
supply, provide, submit
1.3 [no object] Give one’s views in a discussion: he did not contribute to the meetings
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  • I do well academically and contribute regularly to class discussions.
  • It is a sad reflection on contemporary universities that academics contribute little to the discussion.
  • Contributions from the floor make up the discussion, and all are encouraged to contribute.



Pronunciation: /-yətiv/
Example sentences
  • The contributive effects of upbringing to such a reaction cannot be ruled out, so let me also state my own background.
  • ‘Identity safety is best established though implicit efforts at establishing the contributive value of social identities as a norm in a setting,’ he said.
  • More strongly, he argues that the processes of printmaking were contributive to and even partly constitutive of natural philosophical and mathematical knowledge itself.


Mid 16th century: from Latin contribut- 'brought together, added', from the verb contribuere, from con- 'with' + tribuere 'bestow'.

Words that rhyme with contribute

attribute, tribute

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Syllabification: con·trib·ute

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