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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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.
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.
Learning that contributes to students' emancipation can be anxiety provoking (Brookfield, 1990; Mezirow, 1990).
According to the IRS, the options Company contributes to the plan trust are plan assets, which the trust will hold and invest for plan participants.
The new results, taken together with previous studies, suggest that the chemical damage contributes to aging symptoms.
A gasketing material that loses its sealing function also contributes to increased vibration and engine noise.
The site showcases how chlorine contributes to the areas of health, safety, nutrition, security, transportation, lifestyle and high-tech innovation.
Increasing antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella contributes to its spread and threatens the use of clinically important antimicrobial agents.
If the option is deemed stock on that date, it is treated as stock on any subsequent testing date until it contributes to an ownership change.
Currently, IBM participates in and contributes to more than 150 open source projects, more than any other company.
5% of their long distance charges, an amount significantly in excess of what it actually contributes to the Universal Service Fund.
She has also written for Washingtonian magazine and frequently contributes to the Washington Post food section.
Suzy Shier: new store look contributes to profitability