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CONTRIBUTE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contribute mean? 

CONTRIBUTE (verb)
  The verb CONTRIBUTE has 4 senses:

1. bestow a quality on
2. contribute to some cause
3. be conducive to
4. provide

  Familiarity information: CONTRIBUTE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTRIBUTE (verb)


Sense 1contribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bestow a quality on

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

lend; contribute; impart; bestow; add; bring

Context examples:

Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company / The music added a lot to the play / She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings / This adds a light note to the program

Hypernyms (to "contribute" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contribute"):

instill; transfuse (impart gradually)

tinsel (impart a cheap brightness to)

throw in (add as an extra or as a gratuity)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 2contribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contribute to some cause

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

chip in; contribute; kick in; give

Context example:

I gave at the office

Hypernyms (to "contribute" is one way to...):

give (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contribute"):

combine (add together from different sources)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 3contribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be conducive to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

conduce; contribute; lead

Context example:

The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing

Hypernyms (to "contribute" is one way to...):

advance; boost; encourage; further; promote (contribute to the progress or growth of)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 4contribute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

contribute; put up

Context example:

The city has to put up half the required amount

Hypernyms (to "contribute" is one way to...):

pay (give money, usually in exchange for goods or services)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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