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contribute

verb
 
 
/kənˈtrɪbjuːt, ˈkɒntrɪbjuːt/
[I] to be one of the reasons why something happens: contribute to/toward/towards sth Analysts agree that subprime loans contributed to the recession.
[I or T] to add new plans or ideas, or help make improvements to something so that it becomes more valuable or successful: Employees are encouraged to contribute at staff meetings. There are a number of people who have contributed ideas.contribute to/toward/towards sth It's best when leaders are clear about how they can best contribute to the overall strategy.
[I or T] to provide money or support to help another person, company, or organization to achieve its goal: contribute to/toward/towards sth At present, only 10% of employers contribute towards childcare costs.contribute sth to/toward/towards sth Over £75 million was contributed to the campaign.
(Definition of contribute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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