contribute vs impart what difference

what is difference between contribute and impart



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



From Middle English imparten, borrowed from Middle French impartir, empartir, from Late Latin impartiō, impertiō, from im- (in) + Latin partiō (divide).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɑːt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɑːɹt/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(r)t


impart (third-person singular simple present imparts, present participle imparting, simple past and past participle imparted)

  1. (transitive) To give or bestow (e.g. a quality or property).
  2. (transitive) To give a part or to share.
    Synonyms: bequeath, bestow, give; see also Thesaurus:give
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book VIII, line 440
      Expressing well the spirit within thee [Adam] free, / My [God’s] image, not imparted to the brute.
  3. (transitive) To make known; to show (by speech, writing etc.).
    Synonyms: disclose, tell; see also Thesaurus:announce, Thesaurus:inform
    • 1662, John Dryden, letter to Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon
      Well may he then to you his cares impart.
  4. (intransitive) To hold a conference or consultation.
  5. (transitive) To obtain a share of; to partake of.
    • c. 1587 Anthony Munday, John a Kent and John a Cumber
      Sweet Cossen, what we may not now impart, heere let vs bury it, closely in our hart



  • impart at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • impart in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • Primat, arm pit, armpit

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