Contribute Con*trib"ute, v. i. 1. To give a part to a common stock; to lend assistance or aid, or give something, to a common purpose; to have a share in any act or effect. [1913 Webster]

We are engaged in war; the secretary of state calls upon the colonies to contribute. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. To give or use one's power or influence for any object; to assist. [1913 Webster]

These men also contributed to obstruct the progress of wisdom. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • contribute — con‧trib‧ute [kənˈtrɪbjuːt] verb [intransitive, transitive] to give money, help, ideas etc to something that a lot of other people are involved in: contribute to/​towards • His department contributed £2.3 million towards the fund. • They… …   Financial and business terms

  • contribute — con·trib·ute vb ut·ed, ut·ing vt: to make a contribution of vi: to make a contribution Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. contribute …   Law dictionary

  • Contribute — Con*trib ute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contributed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contributing}.] [L. contributus, p. p. of contribuere to bring together, to add; con + tribuere to grant, impart. See {Tribute}.] To give or grant i common with others; to give to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contribute — (v.) 1520s, from L. contributus, pp. of contribuere to bring together, add, unite, collect, contribute (see CONTRIBUTION (Cf. contribution)). Figurative sense is from 1630s. Related: Contributed; contributing …   Etymology dictionary

  • contribute — [v1] donate, provide accord, add, afford, ante up, assign, bequeath, bequest, bestow, chip in, come through, commit, confer, devote, dispense, dole out*, dower, endow, enrich, furnish, give, give away, go Dutch*, grant, hand out, kick in*, pitch… …   New thesaurus

  • contribute — ► VERB 1) give in order to help achieve or provide something. 2) (contribute to) help to cause or bring about. DERIVATIVES contribution noun contributive adjective contributor noun. USAGE The first pronunciation, which puts the s …   English terms dictionary

  • contribute — [kən trib′yo͞ot] vt., vi. contributed, contributing [< L contributus, pp. of contribuere: see COM & TRIBUTE] 1. to give or provide jointly with others; give to a common fund 2. to write and give or sell (an article, story, poem, etc.) to a… …   English World dictionary

  • contribute — The standard pronunciation is with the main stress on the second syllable, although (as with distribute) pronunciation with stress on the first syllable is increasingly heard …   Modern English usage

  • contribute */*/*/ — UK [kənˈtrɪbjuːt] / US [kənˈtrɪbjut] / US [ˈkɑntrɪˌbjut] verb Word forms contribute : present tense I/you/we/they contribute he/she/it contributes present participle contributing past tense contributed past participle contributed Get it right:… …   English dictionary

  • contribute — con|trib|ute [ kən trıbjut, kantrı,bjut ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to give money, goods, or your time and effort in order to achieve something, especially when other people are also helping: contribute to: Many local businesses… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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