v. con·trib·ut·ed, con·trib·ut·ing, con·trib·utes
1. To give or supply in common with others; give to a common fund or for a common purpose.
2. To submit for publication: contributed two stories to the summer issue.
1. To make a contribution: contributes to several charities.
2. To help bring about a result; act as a factor: Exercise contributes to better health.
3. To submit material for publication.
[Latin contribuere, contribūt-, to bring together : com-, com- + tribuere, to grant; see tribute.]
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1. to give (support, money, etc) for a common purpose or fund
2. to supply (ideas, opinions, etc) as part of a debate or discussion
3. (intr) to be partly instrumental (in) or responsible (for): drink contributed to the accident.
4. (Journalism & Publishing) to write (articles) for a publication
[C16: from Latin contribuere to collect, from tribuere to grant, bestow]
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v. -ut•ed, -ut•ing. v.t.
1. to give (money, assistance, etc.) along with others, as to a common supply or fund.
2. to furnish (an article, drawing, etc.) for publication.
3. to give money, food, etc., to a common supply or fund.
4. to furnish works for publication.
contribute to, to be an important factor in.
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Past participle: contributed
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