Quick answer
"Contribute" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "contribuir con", and "donate" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "donar". Learn more about the difference between "contribute" and "donate" below.
contribute(
kuhn
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trih
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byut
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to give)
a. contribuir con
I contributed $20 to her goodbye present.Contribuí con 20 dólares a su regalo de despedida.
b. aportar
The state contributed €5 mllion to repair the damage caused by the earthquake.El estado aportó 5 millones de euros para reparar los daños causados por el terremoto.
2. (journalism)
a. escribir
I was asked to contribute a short story for the magazine.Me pidieron que escribiera un cuento para la revista.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to give money)
a. contribuir
I live with my parents, but I contribute towards household expenses.Vivo con mis padres, pero contribuyo a los gastos de la casa.
4. (to help)
a. contribuir
Their campaign has contributed to a better understanding of the plight of these animals.Su campaña ha contribuido a una mejor comprensión de la grave situación que viven estos animales.
5. (to participate)
a. intervenir
She rarely contributes at staff meetings.Raras veces interviene en las reuniones del personal.
6. (journalism; used with "to")
a. escribir para
He contributes to their weekend supplement on a regular basis.Escribe regularmente para su suplemento de fin de semana.
b. colaborar con
She has contributed to the Washington Post and other newspapers.Ha colaborado con el Washington Post y otros diarios.
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donate(
do
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neyt
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to give)
a. donar
I donate $100 to the Red Cross every month.Dono todos los meses 100 dólares a la Cruz Roja.
We're going to donate all these presents.Vamos a donar todos estos regalos.
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