con·trib·utes; con·trib·ut·ed; con·trib·ut·ing
2 [no obj] : to help to cause something to happen ▪ In order for the team to win, everyone has to contribute. — usually + to ▪ Many players have contributed to the team’s success. ▪ Heavy drinking contributed to her death. [=heavy drinking helped to cause her death]
3 : to write (something, such as a story, poem, or essay) for a magazine [+ obj] ▪ He contributed many poems to the magazine. [no obj] ▪ Ten scientists contributed to the special edition of the journal.
▪ The coach’s positive attitude was a contributing factor to/in the team’s success. [=the coach’s positive attitude was a reason for the team’s success] ▪ She has been a contributing writer/editor for the magazine for 10 years.