Definition of Contribute

1. Verb. Bestow a quality on. "This adds a light note to the program"

Exact synonyms: Add, Bestow, Bring, Impart, Lend
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Factor, Instill, Transfuse, Tinsel, Throw In
Derivative terms: Addition

2. Verb. Contribute to some cause. "I gave at the office"
Exact synonyms: Chip In, Give, Kick In
Generic synonyms: Give
Specialized synonyms: Combine
Derivative terms: Contribution, Contribution, Contributor, Giving, Giving

3. Verb. Be conducive to. "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
Exact synonyms: Conduce, Lead
Generic synonyms: Advance, Boost, Encourage, Further, Promote
Derivative terms: Conducive, Contributive, Contributory

4. Verb. Provide. "The city has to put up half the required amount"
Exact synonyms: Put Up
Generic synonyms: Pay
Derivative terms: Contribution

Definition of Contribute

1. v. t. To give or grant i common with others; to give to a common stock or for a common purpose; to furnish or suply in part; to give (money or other aid) for a specified object; as, to contribute food or fuel for the poor.

2. v. i. 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.

Definition of Contribute

1. Verb. To give something, that is or becomes part of a larger whole. ¹

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Definition of Contribute

1. [v -UTED, -UTING, -UTES]

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Literary usage of Contribute

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1. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"Several of the causes which contribute to maintain the institutions of ... ACCIDENTAL OR PROVIDENTIAL CAUSES WHICH contribute TO THE MAINTENANCE OF THE ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"She conceived the idea of forming an association whose members would contribute one cent a week for the missions. The membership rose to a thousand and the ..."

3. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau (1893)
"... had operated like a burning glass on the ice beneath to melt and rot it. These are the little air-guns which contribute to make the ice crack and whoop. ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer and by Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Roger Meeson, William Newland Welsby, John Innes Clark Hare, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber, Horace Binney Wallace (1844)
"... -contribute as they used to do. and the treasurer of the or SALFORD. . * _ May 2. The Court refused to allow a defendant, who was sued as the public ..."

5. The Growth of Cities in the Nineteenth Century: A Study in Statistics by Adna Ferrin Weber (1899)
"382) indicate that Londoners contribute more than their share both to pauperism and to crime; but the continental statistics demonstrate that the countrymen ..."

6. The Law of Nations; Or, Principles of the Law of Nature by Emer de Vattel (1854)
"... it should likewise, according to its power and to contribute their want of its assistance, contribute to their perfection. J". ..."

7. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"Risk factor prevalence of smoking, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and high serum cholesterol levels contribute to the likelihood of developing CVD. ..."

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