contribute to (something)

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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 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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Again, ample evidence that smoking contributes to the induction of asthma was noted, and public health actions to discourage smoking, particularly in women of childbearing age and in the presence of young children, were recommended.
We're not quite sure why the two co-exist, but suspect the asthma somehow contributes to a relaxation of the esophageal sphincter, the muscle that is supposed to keep stomach contents in the stomach.
Trust and Commitment as Factors for Productivity MERLOT Editorial Board members clearly feel a sense of commitment to one another and their trust contributes to productivity.
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 12.2 per cent is not sufficient to pay for future benefits earned." Employees contribute 2.2 per cent of their salaries and the employer--the diocese or General Synod, the national church office--contributes the equivalent of 10 per cent.
Growth and Convergence in Metropolitan America by Janet Rothenberg Pack contributes to the literature in urban sociology by presenting a quantitative analysis of the 'Frost Belt-Sun Belt' thesis.
The Institute strongly supports section 205 of the pending bill allowing a stock basis increase for appreciated property an S corporation contributes to charity.
The revision process continues until the reviewers and I are satisfied that the content and writing style meet our editorial standards and that the content of the manuscript contributes to our professional literature.
Generally, on the exercise of a noncompensatory option, the option holder receives a partnership interest with a value greater than the aggregate value of the premium and exercise price that the option holder contributes to the partnership.
Issues examined include: the extent to which subject knowledge contributes to teacher effectiveness; the extent to which knowledge of pedagogical theory, learning theory, or child development contribute significantly to teacher effectiveness; the extent to which high-quality, field-based experience prior to certification significantly contributes to teacher effectiveness; whether the accreditation of teacher preparation programs contributes significantly to the likelihood that graduates will be effective and remain in the classroom; and whether there are alternate route programs that graduate high percentages of effective teachers.
The altitude also contributes to dehydration since the humidity is so low.
Once she has addressed some of her short-term needs, such as building her savings and paying off debts, she can increase the amount she contributes to her retirement account.
If the G72 gene indeed contributes to this disorder, its discovery may aid in developing improved drug treatments, he says.
Because of the different dynamics involved, the way authorities manage a major case contributes to a wide range of areas that can have positive or negative consequences for an agency.