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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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There can hardly be a more unpleasant sensation than the having anything returned on our hands which we have given with a reasonable hope of its contributing to the comfort of a friend.
Other things to be considered in narrative are: Movement, which, unless for special reasons, should be rapid, at least not slow and broken; Suspense; general Interest; and the questions whether or not there are good situations and good minor climaxes, contributing to the interest; and whether or not motivation is good, apart from that which results from character, that is whether events are properly represented as happening in accordance with the law of cause and effect which inexorably governs actual life.
Sampson Brass, who was, by this time, anything but sober, being compelled to take further draughts of the same strong bowl, found that, instead of at all contributing to his recovery, they had the novel effect of making the counting-house spin round and round with extreme velocity, and causing the floor and ceiling to heave in a very distressing manner.
704(c)(1)(B), a distribution of contributed appreciated or depreciated property within seven years of the date of contribution requires the contributing member to recognize remaining precontribution gain or loss on the date of such distribution.
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.
Categories 1 and 2 are based on the percentage of members contributing.
The Yankees and Mets will privately finance their new facilities, with the State contributing to infrastructure upgrades for Shea Stadium, including surface parking, and the construction of new parking facilities for Yankee Stadium.
Businesses and business people who benefit from the community should participate in contributing to the hospital.
There are more people retiring and fewer people actively employed and contributing.
Organizational factors identified as contributing to burnout include multiple sponsorship of social work agencies, increased regulation, role conflict, downsizing, and role ambiguity.
My answer is simple: The historian in each of us knows that we are all, at best, only contributing to a history that will be written long after we are gone.
In addition to feeling safer, students have more time to talk about their own personal experiences contributing to self-directed and collaborative learning.
Furthermore, the acid may function synergistically with the sugar in regular pops contributing to rampant caries.
By contributing up to the current allowable limits, you automatically lower your taxable income.
In order to comply with Nevada's minimum premium-to-asset ratio for insurance companies, the individual tax payer in Peracchi was faced with contributing additional capital to his closely-held corporation, NAC.