• WordNet 3.6
    • v contribute provide "The city has to put up half the required amount"
    • v contribute contribute to some cause "I gave at the office"
    • v contribute bestow a quality on "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company","The music added a lot to the play","She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings","This adds a light note to the program"
    • v contribute be conducive to "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tatum O’Neal is the youngest Oscar winner not to receive a Special Award. O’Neal was just 10 years old when she won the Best Supporting Actress award for Paper Moon. Shirley Temple is the youngest person to win an Academy Award when she was given the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1934 at the age of 6.
    • Contribute To give a part to a common stock; to lend assistance or aid, or give something, to a common purpose; to have a share in any act or effect. "We are engaged in war; the secretary of state calls upon the colonies to contribute ."
    • v. t Contribute To give or grant i common with others; to give to a common stock or for a common purpose; to furnish or suply in part; to give (money or other aid) for a specified object; as, to contribute food or fuel for the poor. "England contributes much more than any other of the allies."
    • Contribute To give or use one's power or influence for any object; to assist. "These men also contributed to obstruct the progress of wisdom."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The chameleon has several cell layers beneath its transparent skin. These layers are the source of the chameleon's color change. Some of the layers contain pigments, while others just reflect light to create new colors. Several factors contribute to the color change. A popular misconception is that chameleons change color to match their environment. This isn't true. Light, temperature, and emotional state commonly bring about a chameleon's change in color. The chameleon will most often change between green, brown and gray, which coincidently, often matches the background colors of their habitat.
    • contribute To give or grant in common with others; give to a common stock or for a common purpose; furnish as a share or constituent part of anything: as, to contribute money to a charity; to contribute articles to a magazine.
    • contribute To give or do a part; lend a portion of power, aid, or influence; have a share in any act or effect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Contribute kon-trib′ūt to give along with others: to give for a common purpose: to furnish an article to a newspaper, &c.: to pay a share
    • v.i Contribute to give or bear a part
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The powerful play goes on -- and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.”
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose-a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.”
  • Norman Douglas
    “People who have reformed themselves has contributed their full share towards the reformation of their neighbor.”
  • Walter Gropius
    Walter Gropius
    “If your contribution has been vital there will always be somebody to pick up where you left off, and that will be your claim to immortality.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contributus, p. p. of contribuere, to bring together, to add; con-, + tribuere, to grant, impart. See Tribute


In literature:

These studies have, nevertheless, contributed to a radical change in our conceptions of human nature.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The second important factor that contributes to package coffee success is the container.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
It was well filled with news and original contributions.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
The first contribution from Fitzjames appeared in the second number of the paper.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Toward the expense of the Mission during the past year the Chinese themselves have contributed $730.05.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 38, No. 01, January, 1884" by Various
What are the general adaptive contributions of biology to human nature?
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
For a number of years Grundtvig's hymn of the Wise Men represented his sole contribution to hymnody.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
They have no money to contribute for party purposes.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The amount contributed by the Governors in respect of a Master in any year shall not exceed that contributed by the Master.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
Palestrina, Lotti, and Caldara were laid under contribution.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
You are offered an opportunity to contribute toward that triumph and to share in it.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Her literary career began at the age of thirteen with contributions to the newspapers.
"The Poets' Lincoln" by Various
The shareholders of many corporations are liable only for the amount they have contributed and paid, or have agreed to pay.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
It is said that they do not read contributions offered to them.
"My First Book:" by Various
In the end this immigrant population contributed to our peaceful attitude.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
This is the contribution of natural science, however abstract, to human welfare.
"The Holy Earth" by L. H. Bailey
Zeno's contribution to Eleaticism is, in a sense, entirely negative.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
With Contributions by other Authorities.
"What Gunpowder Plot Was" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
These are perhaps Chopin's greatest contributions to the music of the pianoforte.
"How to Appreciate Music" by Gustav Kobbé
In particular, the remarkable disquisition which covers pages 11 to 14 of Mr. Gladstone's last contribution has greatly exercised my mind.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley

In poetry:

'Weep not for me, thou father fond!'
The virgin soft did say;
'Could I contribute to thy peace,
O, I would bless the day!
"A Tale" by John Logan
Down they came, these ruthless Russians,
From their steppes, and woods, and fens,
For to levy contributions
On the peaceful citizens.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
“Some minutes on the ground Jack lay,
And bore their screamin’ jeers,
And every bloke that passed that way
Contributed his sneers;
Jack cursed aloud, that cursed day
Seemed lengthened into years.
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson
Est fuga, volvitur rota.
On we drift: where looms the dim port?
One, Two, Three, Four, Five, contribute their quota;
Something is gained, if one caught but the import—-
Show it us, Hugues of Saxe-Gotha!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
THES. The best of a picnic is that everybody contributes what he
pleases, and nobody knows what anybody else has brought til the
last moment. Now, unpack everybody and let's see what there is
for everybody.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A good knee's height, they say, she sprang;
Her arms and feet like those who hang:
As if afire the body sped,
And neither pair contributed.
She jumped in silence: she was thought
A corpse to resurrection caught.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith

In news:

Some unattended HR issues regarding culture and leadership may have contributed to the Deepwater Horizon's tragic explosion and spill.
Contribute your own photos to this gallery by emailing them from your computer or smartphone to.
It's a factor officials say is contributing to the state's declining highway death rate.
Buddy Holly , the star-studded tribute to the rock legend, arrives in stores on June 28, although contributions from My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse, and the Black Keys have already been teased.
Each of us contributes his share.
McAuliffe has bundled $581,050 in contributions for the Obama campaign.
Bundlers work behind the scenes raising hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars for the presidential candidates, " bundling " contributions from friends, family and associates and giving them to the candidate.
A re-energized independent bookseller segment contributed to a vibrant 2012 edition of the BookExpo America convention held June 4–7 at New York City's Javits Center.
Josh Garskof, Money Magazine contributing writer.
Soon after that, I received an e-mail from a Penn State alumnus raising the question of the historical wild ruminants' contribution to GHG in North America.
Honored for his contribution to the Philadelphia community.
Aside from our love and respect, each have contributed to the oh-so-manicurious trend of nail wraps.
Since this photo was contributed by a member of the public, it is not for sale.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will honor the actress-director for her contributions to entertainment at the group's 70th awards ceremony Jan 13.
Contributed Helen Russell wears a tiara at her 100th birthday party in November, and enjoys the quilt made and presented as a gift to commemorate the milestone.

In science:

We will prove the theorem by showing that for every pair (g , h) and every connected component X g,h the contributions to f∗Ellorb( ˆX , ˆE , G; z , τ ) of connected components ˆX g,h such that f ( ˆX g,h ) ⊆ X g,h equals the contribution of X g,h to Ellorb (X, E , G; z , τ ).
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
It is easy to see that the contribution of each such (X n )g,h is the product of the contributions of each factor.
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
Since the quadratic and higher order terms can not contribute, only the linear terms contribute to the renormalization at one loop by Theorem 2.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
Thus the n = 0 contribution from the F-terms should exactly cancel the overall contribution coming from all other diagrams.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
F-term contribution from diagrams as the third one in figure 2 and subtract from the result the n = 0 or m = 0 contribution.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
To compute the one-loop contribution to this two-point function we may start with the expression in (C.15) and recall that the one-loop F-term contribution to this will induce an interchange of Φ with a nearest neighbor Uσ(l±1) .
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
CMB contribution but also contributions from other sources called foregrounds, among which Galactic dust emission, emission from very remote (and hence quasi point-like) galaxy clusters, and several others.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
The transverse contribution is only moderately modified by RPA correlations whereas the longitudinal contribution is reduced approximately by a factor of two.
Neutrino-nucleon scattering rate in the relativistic random phase approximation
As expected, G (σ) varies from 0 when σ = 0, which means that all terms of a narrow lognormal distribution equally contribute to the sums, to 1 when σ → ∞, which means that only a small proportion of the terms of a broad lognormal distribution contributes significantly to the sums.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
As a result the net contribution to c1,j (n) from these walks vanishes. A non-vanishing contribution from walks with a kink at (1, 0) is obtained only for walks that return during the walk to the vicinity of the kink, by visiting the site (2, 0).
The persistence length of two dimensional self avoiding random walks
Therefore their contribution to c1,j (n) cannot exceed the contribution of the m = 1 walks.
The persistence length of two dimensional self avoiding random walks
This effect is easily seen, say, directly in the formula (2.5), if one puts NF to be the contribution of fermionic loops, while NV – the contribution of bosonic loops.
String Theory or Field Theory?
A more delicate effect is that two-dimensional geometry regularizes the contribution of small distances since this contribution is geometrically equivalent to the contribution of tra jectories of large lengths.
String Theory or Field Theory?
In the limit of a stationary, spherical shell, the ratio of wind to infall contributions is α (< 1), but outward motion of the shell further increases the fractional contribution of infall to the shell mass.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Since each αi ∈ B1 contributes 1 to |M | and each αi ∈ B2 of length m contributes m − 1, we have |M | = r + l − s.
The enumeration of simple permutations