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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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