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contribute

  
1    add, afford, bestow, chip in     (informal)   donate, furnish, give, provide, subscribe, supply  
2    be conducive, be instrumental, be partly responsible for, conduce, help, lead, tend  
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contribute

  
  ( contributes    3rd person present)   ( contributing    present participle)   ( contributed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you contributeto something, you say or do things to help to make it successful.  
The three sons also contribute to the family business...      V to n  
He believes he has something to contribute to a discussion concerning the uprising.      V n to n, Also V  
2       verb   To contribute money or resources to something means to give money or resources to help pay for something or to help achieve a particular purpose.   (=donate)  
The US is contributing $4 billion in loans, credits and grants...      V n  
NATO officials agreed to contribute troops and equipment to such an operation if the UN Security Council asked for it.      V n to/towards n, Also V  
  contributor     ( contributors    plural)    n-count  
...the largest net contributors to EU funds.     
3       verb   If something contributesto an event or situation, it is one of the causes of it.  
The report says design faults in both the vessels contributed to the tragedy...      V to n  
Stress, both human and mechanical, may also be a contributing factor.      V-ing  
4       verb   If you contributeto a magazine, newspaper, or book, you write things that are published in it.  
I was asked to contribute to a newspaper article making predictions for the new year...      V to n  
Frank Deford is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine.      V-ing  
  contributor     ( contributors    plural)    n-count  
Reporter Alan Nearn covers Central America and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker.     

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n.
using a lot of people (Internet users mostly) to contribute to a collective work. For example Wikipedia uses crowdsourcing

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