American English

Definition of contribute verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contribute
    he / she / it contributes
    past simple contributed
    -ing form contributing
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to give something, especially money or goods, to help someone or something contribute something (to/toward something) We contributed $5,000 to the earthquake fund. contribute (to/toward something) Would you like to contribute to our cause? Do you want to contribute?
  2. 2[intransitive] contribute (to something) to be one of the causes of something Medical negligence could have contributed to her death. Language BankcauseX causes Y Childhood obesity can cause/lead to long-term health problems. Changes in lifestyle and diet over the last twenty years have caused/led to/resulted in a sharp increase in childhood obesity. Several factors, including changes in diet and lifestyle, have contributed to the increase in childhood obesity. Research suggests that fast food and soft drinks directly contribute to childhood obesity. Genetics, lifestyle, and diet are all important factors in cases of childhood obesity. Even small changes in lifestyle and diet can bring about significant weight loss.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to increase, improve, or add to something contribute to something Immigrants have contributed to American culture in many ways. contribute something to something This book does not contribute much to our understanding of the subject.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] to write things for a newspaper, magazine, or a radio or television program; to speak during a meeting or conversation, especially to give your opinion contribute something (to something) She contributed a number of articles to the magazine. contribute (to something) He contributes regularly to the magazine “New Scientist.” We hope everyone will contribute to the discussion.
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Human error may have been a contributing factor
AWL Collocationscontributecontribute verbto give a part of the total, together with othersfinancially greatly, significantly, substantially positively equallyMoreover, graduates can use their knowledge and skills in ways that contribute positively to their help to produce something; to play a part in somethinggreatly, significantly, substantially importantly positively disproportionately directly, indirectlyRelatively small areas of the city contribute disproportionately to the violent crime rate.(most) likely, undoubtedly significantlyCoral reefs in the oceans significantly contribute to the removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide.contributing adjectivefactorThe authors suggest that low proficiency in academic language is a contributing factor to academic failure.contribution nounimportant, significant major, substantial valuable outstanding, seminal, unique relativeIrving Fisher made seminal contributions to modern financial economics.
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