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CONTRIBUTE, verb transitive [Latin , to grant, assign, or impart. See Tribe, Tribute.]

1. To give or grant in common with others; to give a common stock or for a common purpose; to pay a share.

England contributes much more than any other of the allies.

It is the duty of Christians to contribute a portion of their substance for the propagation of the gospel.

2. To impart a portion or share to a common purpose.

Let each man contribute his influence to correct public morals.

CONTRIBUTE, verb intransitive To give a part; to lend a portion of power, aid or influence; to have a share in any act or effect.

There is not a single beauty in the piece, to which the invention must not contribute