Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give or supply in common with others; give to a common fund or for a common purpose.
  • transitive v. To submit for publication: contributed two stories to the summer issue.
  • intransitive v. To make a contribution: contributes to several charities.
  • intransitive v. To help bring about a result; act as a factor: Exercise contributes to better health.
  • intransitive v. To submit material for publication.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give something, that is or becomes part of a larger whole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To give or use one's power or influence for any object; to assist.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give or grant in common with others; give to a common stock or for a common purpose; furnish as a share or constituent part of anything: as, to contribute money to a charity; to contribute articles to a magazine.
  • To give or do a part; lend a portion of power, aid, or influence; have a share in any act or effect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide
  • v. contribute to some cause
  • v. be conducive to
  • v. bestow a quality on

Etymologies

Latin contribuere, contribūt-, to bring together : com-, com- + tribuere, to grant; see tribute.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin con- + tribuere from tributa (Wiktionary)

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