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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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Socso holds an open day on every Tuesday from 8.30am to 10.30am at all of its branches, and Mohammed Azman welcomed contributors with doubts or problems to seek the organisation's help.
In June, The Adventures of Captain Contributor was selected for the 2018 NHIA Digital Health Gold Award by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) in the Web-Based Digital Health category.
Contributors reaching a cumulative giving level of $2,500, or more receive special recognition as having demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the mission of the IREM Foundation--to be a resource for people and organizations seeking to advance the profession of real estate management.
Thank you to long time contributor Terry Robinson for this issue's powwow cartoon.
For if it was difficult even with the Grand List to figure out what to do with a catalog of hundreds of books that nobody could plausibly get through in any number of summers, so that one might have easily concluded it was hardly worth starting one of them; and if the next summer, faced with the Tragic List, it was by magnitudes again more dispiriting to seek a reason to read any of several hundred volumes that 30 deeply studied contributors had compulsively remaindered from their life plans; then, in this, our most Introspective List, the puzzle of mode d'emploi obtrudes most ominously, demonstrating perhaps a streak of nihilism.
The surprise entry was Nepal, which moved into the top 15 nations list of tourist contributors dislodging South Korea.
A physician is a hybrid--one who functions primarily as an individual contributor for patient care but who also has managerial responsibilities for a support team--nurses, office staff, etc.
The frequent contributor was primarily motivated extrinsically, although intrinsic motivation may be recognized when they found self-gratification in their work.
Benefits to the contributor can include tax deferral, portfolio diversification, and a stable return on investment, along with the right to redeem partnership interests for cash or REIT shares.
It might be fair to ask whether the effort seems a little forced at times (only one nonwhite contributor?), but then again, the spread might have as much or more to do with who responded to the Post's request as with who was chosen.
Mattessich, right, a Best's Review contributor, is a shareholder in the law firm of Cozen O'Connor in New York City, where contributor Patrick M.
But this line is not pursued further, by her or by any other contributor. A book on the dependence in reform legislation on specified research models could have been helpful; unfortunately, the hostility among the contributors to both current scientific research and current policy proposals prevents this from being that book.
For example, when one reader faulted The Pulse contributors for not interacting enough with each other, he was invited to become a contributor himself (by the way, as I write this letter in Connecticut, The Pulse Blog Editor Gary Stager is actually blogging from a rainforest in Australia-anytime, anywhere indeed!).
Contributions made by an individual during life are subject to limits, however; cash contributions are fully deductible (net of any goods or services received) and are generally limited to 50%, (30%, in certain cases) of the contributor's adjusted gross income (AGI).
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