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contribute to (something)

1. To give or add something to something. Are you planning to contribute to the toy drive again this year? I think you should keep Eric because he really contributes a lot to our team.
2. To be a factor or catalyst for a particular occurrence or event. I'm sorry, I think sleep deprivation contributed to my outburst just then. What factors contributed to the start of the First World War?
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contribute something (to someone) (for someone or something)

to donate something to someone for the benefit of someone or something. I hope you will contribute at least a dollar to Mary for Tom's birthday present. Will you contribute a dollar for Tom to Mary when she comes around? Can you contribute a dollar for the gift?

contribute to something

1. to donate something to some cause. Please contribute to the fund for the needy.
2. to add to or exacerbate something. The dry weather contributed to the failure of the crops.
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If a client is not eligible to contribute to a deductible IRA but is eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA, he or she should contribute up to the maximum allowable amount to a 401(k) before considering contributing to a Roth IRA.
While colonized and infected patients constitute the major reservoir for dissemination of these organisms, inappropriate use or overuse of antimicrobial agents contributes to acquiring and expressing resistance genes.
I also disclose my own contribution to a system that oppresses others and I admit to my own unearned privileges, biased acts and feelings that may contribute to the oppression of others.
The acid in regular and diet pops has the potential to contribute to enamel erosion.
But missing from many of its pages were the struggles and triumphs of its women leaders, who continue to contribute more and more to the economic diversity the North is relying upon for growth.
Still, borrowers, and lenders alike in the past few years have become a good deal more cautious about the use of credit; this development while restraining aggregate demand in the short run, is likely to contribute to the sustainability of the expansion over the longer term.
While the primary function of most gaskets is to provide a durable, leak-proof seal, silicone gaskets also contribute to long-term quiet operation.
This means that if you earn $60,000 and contribute $5,000 to an IRA, you will pay taxes on only $55,000 in income to the IRS.
Some Canadian Anglican dioceses, facing reduced investment income and a new obligation to contribute to the native residential schools settlement fund, are cutting their annual donation to General Synod.
This study examined the organizational factors that contribute to workers' frustration with their work situation.
Once MR-DT104 is introduced into food animals in a region, use of antimicrobial agents in animals would contribute to further dissemination of MR-DT104 (8).
Because of the conflict between the Fifth and Fourth Circuits on the applicable legal standard, it was unclear whether an employer could contribute unencumbered, noncash property to a tax-qualified retirement plan in satisfaction of an obligation imposed by plan terms.
Employees who are members of a pension plan can contribute the lesser of $3,500 or 20 per cent of earned income, less any contributions made to their pension plan.