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con·trib·ute

 (kən-trĭb′yo͞ot)

v. con·trib·ut·ed, con·trib·ut·ing, con·trib·utes

v.tr.

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.

v.intr.

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.]


con·trib′u·tive adj.

con·trib′u·tive·ly adv.

con·trib′u·tor n.

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contribute

(kənˈtrɪbjuːt)

vb (often foll by to)

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]

conˈtributable adj

conˈtributive adj

conˈtributively adv

conˈtributiveness n

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con•trib•ute

(kənˈtrɪb yut)

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.

v.i.

3. to give money, food, etc., to a common supply or fund.

4. to furnish works for publication.

Idioms:

contribute to, to be an important factor in.

[1520–30; contribūtus, past participle of contribuēre to bring together. See con-, tribute]

con•trib′u•tive, adj.

con•trib′u•tive•ly, adv.

con•trib′u•tive•ness, n.

con•trib′u•tor, n.

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contribute

Past participle: contributed
Gerund: contributing

Imperative
contribute
contribute
Present
I contribute
you contribute
he/she/it contributes
we contribute
you contribute
they contribute
Preterite
I contributed
you contributed
he/she/it contributed
we contributed
you contributed
they contributed
Present Continuous
I am contributing
you are contributing
he/she/it is contributing
we are contributing
you are contributing
they are contributing
Present Perfect
I have contributed
you have contributed
he/she/it has contributed
we have contributed
you have contributed
they have contributed
Past Continuous
I was contributing
you were contributing
he/she/it was contributing
we were contributing
you were contributing
they were contributing
Past Perfect
I had contributed
you had contributed
he/she/it had contributed
we had contributed
you had contributed
they had contributed
Future
I will contribute
you will contribute
he/she/it will contribute
we will contribute
you will contribute
they will contribute
Future Perfect
I will have contributed
you will have contributed
he/she/it will have contributed
we will have contributed
you will have contributed
they will have contributed
Future Continuous
I will be contributing
you will be contributing
he/she/it will be contributing
we will be contributing
you will be contributing
they will be contributing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been contributing
you have been contributing
he/she/it has been contributing
we have been contributing
you have been contributing
they have been contributing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been contributing
you will have been contributing
he/she/it will have been contributing
we will have been contributing
you will have been contributing
they will have been contributing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been contributing
you had been contributing
he/she/it had been contributing
we had been contributing
you had been contributing
they had been contributing
Conditional
I would contribute
you would contribute
he/she/it would contribute
we would contribute
you would contribute
they would contribute
Past Conditional
I would have contributed
you would have contributed
he/she/it would have contributed
we would have contributed
you would have contributed
they would have contributed

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