contribute

To contribute something is to provide a part of the whole. When your company has their annual softball game and potluck picnic, you will probably be asked to contribute a dish, like your famous macaroni salad.

Contribute comes from a Latin word that means “to bring together, add, or unite.” When you contribute to a cause, you are adding to what other people have kicked in, which makes the effort complete. You can contribute your singing talent to a traveling a cappella group; you can contribute money or time to save rhinoceroses; you can contribute cupcakes to the gymnastics team bake sale; or you can even contribute ideas on healthcare reform to a Washington think tank.

Definitions of contribute
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v provide

Synonyms:
put up
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

v contribute to some cause

Synonyms:
chip in, give, kick in
Types:
combine
add together from different sources
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v bestow a quality on

Synonyms:
add, bestow, bring, impart, lend
Types:
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factor
be a contributing factor
instill, transfuse
impart gradually
tinsel
impart a cheap brightness to
throw in
add as an extra or as a gratuity
breathe
impart as if by breathing
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v be conducive to

Synonyms:
conduce, lead
Type of:
advance, boost, encourage, further, promote
contribute to the progress or growth of

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