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verb     contribute pronunciation in American English
/kənˈtrɪbjut/    contribute pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlecontributing
past tensecontributed
past participlecontributed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/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 offered to contribute to the school rebuilding fund.

    contribute something to/toward something:

    He promised to contribute $5,000 toward the cost of the lawsuit.

    The U.K. will contribute 8,000 troops to the NATO operation.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to be a part of a group or an activity and help it to be successful
    contribute something to something:

    Davis didn’t really contribute much to the game in the second half.

    have a lot/much/nothing to contribute:

    He felt he had nothing to contribute to the discussion.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to be one of the things that help to make something happen
    contribute to:

    The scandal certainly contributed to their defeat in the last election.

    contributing factor (=one of the things that causes something):

    Speed is a contributing factor in many automobile accidents.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to write stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine
    contribute something to something:

    She continued to contribute articles to sports magazines.

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