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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Some also compared Bran's contributions to that of Arya, who killed the Night King, thus saving humanity. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Are Dragging Bran for Not Participating in the Battle of Winterfell on Game of Thrones," 29 Apr. 2019 The top 1% of candidates could be required to share their debate time (and campaign contributions) with those at the bottom. WSJ, "The Progressive Approach To the Democratic Debates," 29 Apr. 2019 The Georgetown University Student Association Elections Commission reported that 2,541 students voted for the reconciliation contribution fee, and 1,304 voted against it. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Georgetown Students Vote to Pay Reparations to Aid Descendants of Enslaved People Sold by the University," 12 Apr. 2019 Getty Images The reception at the palace, hosted by Her Majesty, honors Prince Charles’s contribution to the national life of Wales across five decades, and welcomes some of Wales’ charities, organizations and businesses, as well as celebrities. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Stunning Metallic Brocade Dress to Prince Charles's Investiture 50th Anniversary," 5 Mar. 2019 Public campaign contribution records show that some tech workers at companies like Stripe, Airbnb and Pinterest donated to the Yes on C campaign — even as their companies came out against the proposition or didn’t take a stance. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Marc Benioff says he had rabbis and imams supporting the Prop C homelessness tax — but not tech CEOs," 14 Nov. 2018 The other big tobacco company, Altria Client Services (Philip Morris USA), of Richmond, Virginia, is also one of GOPAC’s top donors, making six contributions during the period totaling $147,500. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "A GOP group influential in Kentucky is funded by tobacco and casinos," 13 July 2018 Campaign finance reports show that Franz, who was running for the state Senate, received contributions from Bontiea Goss and Nolan around that same time. David A. Lieb, The Seattle Times, "Indictment claims charity money went to Missouri politicians," 12 Apr. 2019 Both worms will go on to lay eggs that have received genetic contributions from both parents. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018

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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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The first known use of contribution was in the 14th century

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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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