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contributeverb [I or T]

uk   /kənˈtrɪb.juːt/ /ˈkɒn.trɪ.bjuːt/  us     /kənˈtrɪb.juːt/
B2 to give something, especially money, in order to provide or achieve something together with other people: Aren't you going to contributetowards Jack's leaving present? 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)

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contributeverb [I/T]

 us   /kənˈtrɪb·jut, -jət/
to help by providing money or support, esp. when other people or conditions are also helping: [I] Tourism contributes substantially to the local economy.
If you contribute something you wrote or created, you allow it to be published or shown with pieces by other people: [T] She soon began 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 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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