- To contribute is to give something or to help make something happen.
- An example of contribute is when you write a check to charity.
- An example of contribute is when you help plan a party to make it successful.
intransitive verbcontributed, contributing
- to give or provide jointly with others; give to a common fund
- to write and give or sell (an article, story, poem, etc.) to a magazine, newspaper, or other publication
- to give or furnish (knowledge, ideas, etc.)
Origin of contribute; from Classical Latin contributus, past participle of contribuere: see com- and amp; tribute
verbcon·trib·ut·ed, con·trib·ut·ing, con·trib·utes
- To give or supply in common with others; give to a common fund or for a common purpose.
- To submit for publication: contributed two stories to the summer issue.
- To make a contribution: contributes to several charities.
- To help bring about a result; act as a factor: Exercise contributes to better health.
- To submit material for publication.
Origin of contributeLatin contribuere, contribūt-, to bring together : com-, com- + tribuere, to grant; see tribute.
(third-person singular simple present contributes, present participle contributing, simple past and past participle contributed)
- To give something, that is or becomes part of a larger whole.