|Origin:||, past participle of contribuere, from com- ( COM-) + tribuere ( TRIBUTE)|
con‧trib‧ute S2 W2
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to give money, help, ideas etc to something that a lot of other people are also involved in
City employees cannot contribute to political campaigns.
contribute something to/towards something
The volunteers contribute their own time to the project.
to help to make something happen:
Stress is a contributing factor in many illnesses.
Alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths a year in the US.
contribute substantially/significantly/greatly etc to something
Enya's success has contributed substantially to the current interest in Celtic music.
3 [intransitive and transitive]TCN
to write articles, stories, poems etc for a newspaper or magazine [↪ contributor]
one of several authors contributing to the book