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contribute

Line breaks: con|trib|ute
Pronunciation: /kənˈtrɪbjuːt
 
, ˈkɒntrɪbjuːt
 
/

Definition of contribute in English:

verb

[with object]
1Give (something, especially money) in order to help achieve or provide something: taxpayers had contributed £141.8 million towards the cost of local services [no object]: he contributed to a private pension
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
give, donate, give/make a donation of, put up, come up with, subscribe, hand out, grant, bestow, present, gift, accord;
informal chip in, pitch in, fork out, dish out, shell out, cough up
British informal stump up
North American informal kick in, ante up, pony up
impart, lend, add, give, confer
1.1 [no object] (contribute to) Help to cause or bring about: the government imposed a tax on fuels which contributed to global warming
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
play a part in, be instrumental in, be a factor in, be partly responsible for, have a hand in, be conducive to, make for, lead to, cause, give rise to;
help, promote, advance, further, forward, oil the wheels of, open the door for, add to
formal conduce to
1.2Supply (an article) for publication in a newspaper, magazine, or journal: he contributed articles to the magazine
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.3 [no object] Give one’s views in a discussion: he did not contribute to the meetings
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Usage

There are two possible pronunciations of the word contribute, one which puts the stress on the -tri- and one which puts it on the con-. The first is held to be the standard, correct pronunciation even though the pronunciation with stress on the con- is older.

Derivatives

contributive

1
Pronunciation: /kənˈtrɪb-/
adjective
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.

Words that rhyme with contribute

attribute, tribute

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