con·trib·ute /kənˈtrɪbjət, (ˌ)bjut ||ˈtrɪbət; ||ˈkɑntrəˌbjut/
Con·trib·ute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Contributing.] To give or grant i common with others; to give to a common stock or for a common purpose; to furnish or suply in part; to give (money or other aid) for a specified object; as, to contribute food or fuel for the poor.
England contributes much more than any other of the allies. --Addison.
Con·trib·ute, v. i.
1. To give a part to a common stock; to lend assistance or aid, or give something, to a common purpose; to have a share in any act or effect.
We are engaged in war; the secretary of state calls upon the colonies to contribute. --Burke.
2. To give or use one's power or influence for any object; to assist.
These men also contributed to obstruct the progress of wisdom. --Goldsmith.
v 1: bestow a quality on; "Her presence lends a certain cachet to
the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She
brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds
a light note to the program" [syn: lend, impart, bestow,
2: contribute to some cause; "I gave at the office" [syn: give,
chip in, kick in]
3: be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead
to better writing" [syn: lead, conduce]
4: provide; "The city has to put up half the required amount"
[syn: put up]