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Definition of contribute verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    contribute

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɪbjuːt//
     
    , also BrE//ˈkɒntrɪbjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtrɪbjuːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contribute
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɪbjuːt//
     
    , also BrE//ˈkɒntrɪbjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtrɪbjuːt//
     
    he / she / it contributes
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɪbjuːts//
     
    , BrE//ˈkɒntrɪbjuːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtrɪbjuːts//
     
    past simple contributed
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    , BrE//ˈkɒntrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    past participle contributed
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    , BrE//ˈkɒntrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtrɪbjuːtɪd//
     
    -ing form contributing
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɪbjuːtɪŋ//
     
    , BrE//ˈkɒntrɪbjuːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtrɪbjuːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to give something, especially money or goods, to help somebody/something contribute something (to/towards something) We contributed £5 000 to the earthquake fund. contribute (to/towards something) Would you like to contribute to our collection? Do you wish to contribute?
  2. 2  [intransitive] contribute (to something) to be one of the causes of something Medical negligence was said to have contributed to her death. Human error may have been a contributing factor. 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 British culture in many ways. contribute something to something This book contributes little to our understanding of the subject.
  4. 4  [transitive, intransitive] to write things for a newspaper, magazine, or a radio or television programme; 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.
  5. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin contribut- ‘brought together, added’, from the verb contribuere, from con- ‘with’ + tribuere ‘bestow’.Extra examples His research has contributed enormously to our understanding of this disease. I would like to contribute to the church restoration fund. Many people contributed generously to the appeal. Parental involvement contributes significantly to children’s learning. Several factors might contribute to the development of the disease. Students are encouraged to contribute articles to the university magazine. The company contributed $50 000 towards/​toward training costs. These images could potentially contribute to the development of eating disorders. Unemployment contributes directly to homelessness. a situation where husband and wife contribute equally to the family budget a talented photographer who contributed regularly to ‘The Face’ countries that contribute disproportionately to global warming people who want to contribute positively to their communities The writer personally contributed £5 000 to the earthquake fund.
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