Definition of “contribute” - English Dictionary

“contribute” in British English

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contributeverb [ I or T ]

uk /kənˈtrɪb.juːt/ /ˈkɒn.trɪ.bjuːt/ us /kənˈtrɪb.juːt/ us

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.

More examples

  • The company publicly apologized and agreed to contribute some money to charity.
  • It was a real team effort - everyone contributed something to the success of the project.
  • Tourism contributes millions of pounds to the country's economy.
  • Everyone in the office is contributing money for his leaving present.
  • We have contributed all our working lives to pension schemes and national insurance, expecting a reasonable state pension on retirement.

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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 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 /kənˈtrɪbjuːt, ˈkɒntrɪbjuːt/ us

[ 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)