con·tri·bu·tion | \ˌkän-trə-ˈbyü-shən \

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 \ 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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Bellinger made some significant contributions to Tech as well, helping to establish its graduate Management of Technology program and creating an engineering scholarship fund. Nancy Badertscher, ajc, "Hagood Bellinger, 77: Business leader, admired mentor loved Tech, golf," 12 July 2018 Point guard Travis Trice, who made solid contributions in Milwaukee's first two games, missed all five of his shots and went scoreless. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sterling Brown scores 27 points but Bucks fall to Nuggets," 9 July 2018 Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2572 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518., "Valerie Arlow Czaja," 5 July 2018 The 71st edition of Switzerland's Locarno Festival will honor title designer Kyle Cooper with the Vision Award Ticinomoda, which is given annually to those who have made significant contributions to transforming the technical art of cinema. Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Locarno Fest to Honor 'Se7en' Title Designer Kyle Cooper With Vision Award," 4 July 2018 In remembrance of Carol please make any contributions to the charity of your choice., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 Birds have made significant contributions to society, both large and small. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 As the Journal explained, there could be legal consequences for the Cohen and AMI: Corporations are barred from making contributions to candidates under federal election law. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "National Enquirer Allegedly Ran Stories by Trump Camp Before Publishing," 22 June 2018 The music possesses a fiery undercurrent of protest, rejecting the hereditary privilege of the English monarchy and celebrating nine women who’ve made powerful contributions to the world, among them. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "British reedist Shabaka Hutchings brings his Caribbean-flavored jazz quartet Sons of Kemet to Chicago," 21 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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con·tri·bu·tion | \ˌkän-trə-ˈbyü-shən \

Kids Definition of contribution

: the act of giving something or something given : donation



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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