contribute vs give what difference

what is difference between contribute and give



From Latin contribūtus, perfect passive participle of contribuō (I bring together; I unite), from con- (together) +‎ tribuō (I bestow), from tribus (tribe), dative of trēs (three), from Proto-Italic *trēs, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kənˈt(ʃ)ɹɪb.juːt/, /ˈkɒnt(ʃ)ɹɪˌbjuːt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /kənˈt(ʃ)ɹɪb.jut/
    • (when conjugated as contributing or contributed) IPA(key): /kənˈt(ʃ)ɹɪ.b(j)ət/
  • Hyphenation: con‧trib‧ute


contribute (third-person singular simple present contributes, present participle contributing, simple past and past participle contributed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To give something that is or becomes part of a larger whole.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:contribute

Related terms

  • contributable
  • contribution
  • contributive
  • contributor
  • contributory





  1. vocative masculine singular of contribūtus


Etymology 1

From Middle English given, from Old Norse gefa (to give), from Proto-Germanic *gebaną (to give). Merged with native Middle English yiven, ȝeven, from Old English ġiefan, from the same Proto-Germanic source (compare the obsolete inherited English doublet yive).


  • IPA(key): /ɡɪv/
  • Rhymes: -ɪv


give (third-person singular simple present gives, present participle giving, simple past gave, past participle given)

  1. (ditransitive) To move, shift, provide something abstract or concrete to someone or something or somewhere.
    1. To transfer one’s possession or holding of (something) to (someone).
    2. To make a present or gift of.
    3. To pledge.
    4. To provide (something) to (someone), to allow or afford.
    5. To cause (a sensation or feeling) to exist in.
    6. To carry out (a physical interaction) with (something).
    7. To pass (something) into (someone’s hand, etc.).
    8. To cause (a disease or condition) in, or to transmit (a disease or condition) to.
  2. (ditransitive) To estimate or predict (a duration or probability) for (something).
  3. (intransitive) To yield slightly when a force is applied.
  4. (intransitive) To collapse under pressure or force.
  5. (transitive) To provide, as, a service or a broadcast.
    • 2003, Iain Aitken, Value-Driven IT Management: Commercializing the IT Function, page 153
      [] who did not have a culture in which ‘giving good presentation’ and successfully playing the internal political game was the way up.
    • 2006, Christopher Matthew Spencer The Ebay Entrepreneur, page 248
      A friendly voice on the phone welcoming prospective new clients is a must. Don’t underestimate the importance of giving good “phone”.
  6. (intransitive) To lead (onto or into).
  7. (transitive, dated) To provide a view of.
    His window gave the park.
  8. To exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to yield.
    The number of men, divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship.
  9. To cause; to make; used with the infinitive.
  10. To cause (someone) to have; produce in (someone); effectuate.
  11. To allow or admit by way of supposition; to concede.
    He can be bad-tempered, I’ll give you that, but he’s a hard worker.
  12. To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.
  13. To communicate or announce (advice, tidings, etc.); to pronounce or utter (an opinion, a judgment, a shout, etc.).
  14. (dated or religion) To grant power, permission, destiny, etc. (especially to a person); to allot; to allow.
  15. (reflexive) To devote or apply (oneself).
  16. (obsolete) To become soft or moist.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  17. (obsolete) To shed tears; to weep.
  18. (obsolete) To have a misgiving.
    • c. 1608-1634, John Webster, Appius and Virginia, page 16
      My mind gives ye’re reserv’d / To rob poor market women.
  19. (slang) To be going on, to be occurring
Usage notes
  • In older forms of English, when the pronoun thou was in active use, and verbs used -est for distinct second-person singular indicative forms, the verb give had the form givest, and had gavest for its past tense.
  • Similarly, when the ending -eth was in active use for third-person singular present indicative forms, the form giveth was used.
  • (transfer possession of): See Thesaurus:give
  • (bend slightly when a force is applied): bend, cede, flex, move, yield, split
  • (estimate or predict): estimate, guess, predict
  • (provide):
  • (transfer possession of): get, obtain, receive, take
  • (bend slightly when a force is applied): not bend/cede/flex/give/move/yield, resist
Derived terms

See also given, giver and giving



give (uncountable)

  1. The amount of bending that something undergoes when a force is applied to it; a tendency to yield under pressure; resilence.
    This chair doesn’t have much give.
    There is no give in his dogmatic religious beliefs.

Etymology 2


give (plural gives)

  1. Alternative form of gyve


  • give at OneLook Dictionary Search


Alternative forms

  • gi’ (representing the spoken language)


From Old Norse gefa, from Proto-Germanic *gebaną, cognate with English give and German geben. The Germanic verbs goes back to Proto-Indo-European *gʰebʰ- (to give) (hence Sanskrit गभस्ति (gábhasti, arm)) rather than *gʰeh₁bʰ- (to grab) (hence Latin habeō (to have)).


  • IPA(key): [ˈɡ̊iˀ], [ˈɡ̊i], (formal) IPA(key): [ˈɡ̊iːʋə]
  • Rhymes: -iː, -iːvɐ


give (imperative giv, present tense giver, past tense gav, past participle givet, c given, givne)

  1. to give


Derived terms




  1. present subjunctive of giva


  • evig

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