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"contribute" in British English

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contributeverb [I or T]

uk   /kənˈtrɪb.juːt/ /ˈkɒn.trɪ.bjuːt/  us     /kənˈtrɪb.juːt/  /ˈkɑːn-/
B2 to give something, ​especiallymoney, in ​order to ​provide or ​achieve something together with other ​people: Aren't you going to contributetowards Jack's ​leavingpresent? Come to the ​meeting if you ​feel you have something to contribute. Her ​family has contributed $50,000 to the ​fund.C1 to write ​articles for a ​newspaper, ​magazine, or ​book: She contributes to several ​magazines.

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(Definition of contribute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contribute" in American English

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contributeverb [I/T]

 us   /kənˈtrɪb·jut, -jət/
to ​help by ​providingmoney or ​support, esp. when other ​people or ​conditions are also ​helping: [I] Tourism contributes ​substantially to the ​localeconomy. If you contribute something you ​wrote or ​created, you ​allow it to be ​published or ​shown with ​pieces by other ​people: [T] She ​soonbegan to contribute ​articles to ​newspapers and ​magazines.
(Definition of contribute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"contribute" in Business English

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contributeverb

uk   us   /kənˈtrɪbjuːt, ˈkɒntrɪbjuːt/
[I] to be one of the reasons why something ​happens: contribute to/toward/towards sth Analysts ​agree that ​subprimeloans 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 ​staffmeetings. 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 ​overallstrategy.
[I or T] to ​providemoney 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 ​childcarecosts.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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