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English verb: contribute

1. contribute (possession) bestow a quality on


SamplesHer 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.


Synonymsadd, bestow, bring, impart, lend


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)factor, instill, throw in, tinsel, transfuse

2. contribute (possession) contribute to some cause


SamplesI gave at the office.


Synonymschip in, give, kick in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)give


Narrower (hyponym)combine

3. contribute (social) be conducive to


SamplesThe use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing.


Synonymsconduce, lead


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)advance, boost, encourage, further, promote

4. contribute (possession) provide


SamplesThe city has to put up half the required amount.


Synonymsput up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pay









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