Meaning of contribute

con•trib•ute

Pronunciation: (kun-trib'yt), [key]
— v., -ut•ed, -ut•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to give (money, time, knowledge, assistance, etc.) to a common supply, fund, etc., as for charitable purposes.
  2. to furnish (an original written work, drawing, etc.) for publication: to contribute stories to a magazine.
—v.i.
  1. to give (money, food, etc.) to a common supply, fund, etc.: He contributes to many charities.
  2. to furnish works for publication: He contributed to many magazines.
  3. to be an important factor in; help to cause: A sudden downpour contributed to the traffic jam.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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