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English definition of “contribute”

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 verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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