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Topic: NEWSPAPERS, PUBLISHING

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of contribuere, from com- ( COM-) + tribuere ( TRIBUTE)

contribute

verb
     
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
contribute to/towards
City employees cannot contribute to political campaigns.
contribute something to/towards something
The volunteers contribute their own time to the project.
2 [intransitive] to help to make something happen:
Stress is a contributing factor in many illnesses.
contribute to
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]
contribute to
one of several authors contributing to the book
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