contribute


contribute
verb
1 give
ADVERB
enormously, generously, greatly, handsomely, heavily, substantially

His research has contributed enormously to our understanding of this disease.

Many people contributed generously to the appeal.

positively

people who want to contribute positively to their communities

equally

a situation where husband and wife contribute equally to the family budget

fully
financially
VERB + CONTRIBUTE
be asked to, be encouraged to
PREPOSITION
to

I would like to contribute to the church restoration fund.

towards/toward

The company contributed $50 000 towards/toward training costs.

PHRASES
have little, a lot, etc. to contribute (to sth)

He had very little to contribute to the conversation.

2 help cause sth
ADVERB
greatly, importantly, largely, materially, mightily (AmE), significantly, substantially

Parental involvement contributes significantly to children's learning.

effectively
disproportionately

countries that contribute disproportionately to global warming

actively, directly

Unemployment contributes directly to homelessness.

indirectly
potentially

These images could potentially contribute to the development of eating disorders.

undoubtedly
unwittingly
PREPOSITION
to

Several factors might contribute to the development of the disease.

3 write for a newspaper, etc.
ADVERB
regularly

a talented photographer who contributed regularly to ‘The Face’

PREPOSITION
to

Students are encouraged to contribute articles to the university magazine.

Contribute is used with these nouns as the object: ↑article, ↑essay, ↑idea, ↑money, ↑share, ↑sum

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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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. 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 to — index bear (support), cause, compound, espouse, further, promote (organize), serve ( …   Law 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


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