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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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To summarize, sources of workplace frustration leading to burnout may originate within the organization, though individual characteristics can contribute to one's ability to cope with high stress work environments.
Teachers of MCD integrate self-awareness, critical reflection, and reconstruction of previous assumptions that will contribute to transformative learning via an experiential and process-focused approach.
Artificial sweeteners used in diet pops are not metabolized by oral bacteria and, therefore, diet pops do not contribute to the caries experience.
There appears to be growing recognition that women leaders contribute, not only to the social well being of our communities and of our country, but also to economic wealth, job creation, innovation and leadership in many key areas of our economy.
6 liter modular V-8 engines provide an example of how silicone gaskets contribute to a powerplant that produces far less noise than its predecessors.
Scientists once viewed air pollution as a problem primarily of smokestacks and tailpipes, but a growing body of evidence shows that intentionally lit fires over the globe also contribute significantly to pollution levels and could play a major role in changing Earth's climate.
Of course, individuals can manage their assets on their own without using a DMIA and simply grow their wealth, paying income taxes on an accumulation from year to year until they are ready to contribute to charity.
Today, she contributes 12% of her salary to her 401(k) plan.
Increasing antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella contributes to its spread and threatens the use of clinically important antimicrobial agents.
The partnership then contributes a substantial portion of its assets to a second domestic corporation related to the domestic corporate partner, in exchange for preferred stock.