contribution

noun
con·​tri·​bu·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈbyü-shən How to pronounce contribution (audio) \

Definition of contribution

1 : a payment (such as a levy or tax) imposed by military, civil, or ecclesiastical authorities usually for a special or extraordinary purpose
2 : the act of contributing also : the thing contributed his $100 contribution to the cancer research fund

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Other Words from contribution

contributive \ kən-​ˈtri-​byə-​tiv How to pronounce contributive (audio) \ adjective
contributively adverb

Examples of contribution in a Sentence

They thanked him for his contribution of time and money. He made an important contribution to the debate. As mayor, he made many positive contributions to the growth of the city. a book of essays including contributions from several well-known political columnists The money was raised by voluntary contribution.
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The app suggests a $5 contribution per cleaning, with a minimum of $5 a month. Juliana Feliciano Reyes, The Seattle Times, "A new app gives paid time off to the ‘original gig workers’," 15 Jan. 2019 The contributions made by the Microsoft developers are addressing these various issues—adding ARM64 build targets, specifying the right compilers and Windows SDK versions, providing alternatives to x86-specific code, and so on. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft joining Qualcomm and Google to bring Chrome to Windows on ARM," 21 Nov. 2018 Users are riffing on the game of the moment, or creating a new one — the weirder your contribution, the better. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "In defense of TikTok, the joyful, slightly cringe-inducing spiritual successor to Vine," 5 Nov. 2018 Those are among the findings from an examination of political contributions during this election cycle, using data from Open Secrets, a nonprofit political spending database by the Center for Responsive Politics. Rani Molla, Recode, "Tech employees are much more liberal than their employers — at least as far as the candidates they support," 31 Oct. 2018 The largest overall contribution, $1.73 million, was donated by the March for Our Lives Action Fund, a fund set up to help Stoneman Douglas student activists travel to Washington, D.C., and stage an anti-gun rally on March 24. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland victims' fund distribution ranges from $400,000 to $1,000 each," 2 July 2018 The report details the financial records of 230 public schools for 2016-17 and collects data from ticket sales, contributions, rights and licensing, student fees, school funds and miscellaneous revenues. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Where does ASU, Arizona, Pac-12 stack up in USA TODAY's look at NCAA revenues and expenses?," 28 June 2018 That assertion makes the payments subject to campaign finance laws, which restrict how much people can donate to a campaign and bar corporations from making direct contributions. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs," 6 Feb. 2019 The 69-year-old actor took the stage after receiving the honor, which is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything Jeff Bridges Said in the Unusual Golden Globes Speech That Had Everyone Talking," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of contribution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contribution

see contribute

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contribution

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contribution

: something that is given to help a person, a cause, etc.
: something that is done to cause something to happen
: a piece of writing that is published as part of a larger work (such as a magazine, newspaper, or book)

contribution

noun
con·​tri·​bu·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈbyü-shən How to pronounce contribution (audio) \

Kids Definition of contribution

: the act of giving something or something given : donation

contribution

noun
con·​tri·​bu·​tion

Legal Definition of contribution

1 : payment of a share of an amount for which one is liable: as
a : shared payment of a judgment by joint tortfeasors especially according to proportional fault — compare apportion sense a
b : pro rata apportionment of loss among all the insurance policies covering the same person or property — compare indemnity
2 : the money paid by one responsible for a share
3 : payment to a common fund (as by an employer or employee to an insurance plan or retirement fund)

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