- 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 [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 [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 [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. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin contribut-
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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//