contribute Definition

  • 1to give something, especially money, in order to provide or achieve something together with other people
  • 2to help make something happen
  • 3to write articles, etc. for a newspaper or magazine

Using contribute: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "contribute" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I want to contribute some money to the charity.

  • Example

    Everyone needs to contribute to the success of the project.

  • Example

    She contributes regularly to the local newspaper.

  • Example

    The new employee contributed fresh ideas to the team.

contribute Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for contribute

Antonyms for contribute

Idioms Using contribute

  • to encourage or cause a minor to engage in illegal behavior


    The adult was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after providing alcohol to underage teenagers.

  • to support a particular goal or objective


    Many people contributed to the cause by donating money and volunteering their time.

  • to do something that benefits the community or the world at large


    Doctors and nurses contribute to society by providing medical care to those in need.

Phrases with contribute

  • to be one of the causes of something


    Smoking can contribute to lung cancer.

  • contribute towards

    to help to pay for something


    I will contribute towards the cost of the wedding.

  • to make a small contribution to something


    I may not be able to donate much, but I can at least contribute my mite.

Origins of contribute

from Latin 'con-' meaning 'together' and 'tribuere' meaning 'to assign'


Summary: contribute in Brief

To 'contribute' [kənˈtrɪbjuːt] is to give something, often money, to help achieve a common goal. It can also mean to help make something happen or to write articles for a publication. Examples include 'I want to contribute some money to the charity' and 'The new employee contributed fresh ideas to the team.' Phrases like 'contribute to' and 'contribute towards' denote causation and financial support, while idioms like 'contribute to society' and 'contribute to the cause' imply a broader benefit to the community or world.

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