From Latin contribūtus, perfect passive participle of contribuō (“I bring together; I unite”), from con- (“together”) + tribuō (“I bestow”), from tribus (“tribe”), dative of trēs (“three”), from Proto-Italic *trēs, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kənˈt(ʃ)ɹɪb.juːt/, /ˈkɒnt(ʃ)ɹɪˌbjuːt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /kənˈt(ʃ)ɹɪb.jut/
- Hyphenation: con‧trib‧ute
- (transitive, intransitive) To give something that is or becomes part of a larger whole.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:contribute
- to contribute money to a church fund
- to contribute articles to a journal
- 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193:
- Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.