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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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Some of the briefer articles, which contribute to make up the volume, have likewise been written since my involuntary withdrawal from the toils and honours of public life, and the remainder are gleaned from annuals and magazines, of such antique date, that they have gone round the circle, and come back to novelty again.
Such a poetry could not be permanently successful, because the subjects of which it treats -- if susceptible of poetic treatment at all -- were certainly not suited for epic treatment, where unity of action which will sustain interest, and to which each part should contribute, is absolutely necessary.
Unity means that everything included in the work ought to contribute directly or indirectly to the main effect.
With reflections of this nature she usually, as has been hinted, accompanied every act of compliance with her brother's inclinations; and surely nothing could more contribute to heighten the merit of this compliance than a declaration that she knew, at the same time, the folly and unreasonableness of those inclinations to which she submitted.
At the same time, I entreat her to believe that the information which I have derived from her Diary will in no respect help me to contribute to that failure.
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.
Last year, the pension fund's committee recommended that the church increase the rate it contributes to the fund, since "due to the aging population, the current contribution rate to the plan of 12.
I have found that the view from the inside out contributes significantly to learning about MCD.
Excessive intake of regular pop either contributes excessive energy to the diet leading to obesity or decreases intake of foods with a higher nutrient density leading to deficient nutrient intake.
As well, some of the key decision-makers in economic development in the North are also women who control budgets in the millions and millions of dollars and economic policy that contributes resources to all entrepreneurs.
If a taxpayer contributes $2,000 annually to an IRA at the beginning of the year, the account will be worth $540,585 (assuming a 12% return) at the end of 30 years.
For example, assume that a shareholder organizes a corporation and contributes as its only asset a building with a basis of $50 and a fair market value of $100; the property is subject to a mortgage debt of $90.
Workers who feel isolated and powerlessness may perceive their troubles as a private rather than a public matter, which Arches has suggested contributes to one's sense of workplace frustration, and discourages workers from taking steps to seek organizational change.