- 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 pensionMore example sentences
give, donate, give/make a donation of, put up, come up with, subscribe, hand out, grant, bestow, present, gift, accord; provide, supply, furnishBritish • informal stump upimpart, lend, add, give, confer
- 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.
- 1.1 [no object] (contribute to) Help to cause or bring about: the government imposed a tax on fuels which contributed to global warmingMore 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.
- 1.2Supply (an article) for publication in a newspaper, magazine, or journal: he contributed articles to the magazineMore 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 meetingsMore 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.
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- 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'.
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.