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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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* Among Americans who are contributing to an IRA, 40 percent are contributing the maximum amount.
Contributing Property Subject to Investment Tax Credit Recapture
With MERLOT, no defined boundaries prevent individuals from entering, making use of MERLOT resources, and then departing without contributing. No system is used to monitor and sanction MERLOT members' behavior.
Contributing factors: Pipe demand is good, bat after numerous planned and unplanned outages, VCM is Light.
If the forces contributing to long-term productivity growth remain intact, the degree of retrenchment will presumably be limited.
Because of their daily involvement with clients and their families, the contributing authors are able to provide examples that clearly describe and emphasize the information presented in the book.
Finally, 63% of students reported that the violence in their school was a contributing factor to students transferring to attend another school ("Metropolitan," 2000).
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.
In the mail that day I received a copy of Jeremy Rifkin's shocking new book "Beyond Beef: The Rise and fall of the Cattle Culture." In this devastating expose of the seemingly idyllic world of cows, eco-dude Rifkin warns that cattle pose a grave threat to the future of mankind, not only because they are munching the Amazon Rain Forest and the vast savannas of the African plains right into oblivion and are gobbling up 70 percent of the grain that is produced each year in the U.S., but because their emissions of methane gas are causing the atmosphere to heat up, thus contributing to the "greenhouse effect" and the depletion of the ozone layer.
They say significant hurdles remain before they'll be able to sort out the various contributing factors.
Sectors contributing to the performance include Banks (+48pts), E and P (+46pts), O and GMCs (+36pts), Power (+24pts), Fertilizer (+20pts) and Cement (-20pts).
While the most cited reason that people give for not contributing to an IRA was that they felt they could not afford it (42 percent), nearly a quarter say they are not contributing to an IRA because they are saving in another retirement savings vehicle, like a defined contribution (DC) plan.
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.
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.
"There are more people retiring and fewer people actively employed and contributing. Also, the people joining are older.
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