contribute-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: give, provide, donate something

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP[agent] CONTRIBUTE NP[patient] (PP{P NP[goal]}) NP[agent] CONTRIBUTE NP[patient] (PP{P NP[recipient]})

Corporations are contributing more to charities this year.
We contributed $100 to the wildlife fund.
Marsha has contributed two articles to the New Yorker.
They have contributed their weekends to building homes for the poor.
The town must contribute half the funding for the new senior center.
She contributes wit and perspective to our meetings.
There are caps on how much groups can contribute to campaign funds.
He contributed nothing to this project.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Giving
PropBank: contribute.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 4

Sense Number 2: be a factor, play a role in

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP[instrument] CONTRIBUTE_TO NP[result] NP[instrument] CONTRIBUTE NP[result]
NOTE: uses the intransitive CONTRIBUTE_TO Includes: CONTRIBUTE TO

The Internet has contributed to the rise of telecommuting.
What were the forces that contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire?
John doesn't want to contribute to the delinquency of minors.
Weather may have contributed to the man's death.
Several factors contributed to votes being lost.

VerbNet: contribute-13.2-1-1-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3