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 candidates must poll at or above 2% in four qualifying polls and receive contributions from 130,000 unique donors., "Democratic National Committee picks Ohio for fourth presidential debate," 31 Aug. 2019 Memorial contributions to: Erlanger Baptist Church or St. Elizabeth Foundation and Hospice Fund. James Weber,, "Longtime Northern Kentucky football coach Roy Lucas Sr. dies; services set," 30 Aug. 2019 Public contributions to the GoFundMe page for 9-year-old Emma Hernandez' funeral expenses soared after Pulte publicized it, and the girl's family ultimately raised $64,435 from 2,200 donors, far surpassing the original $25,000 goal. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit millionaire Bill Pulte: I'm not giving away my inheritance on Twitter," 29 Aug. 2019 Huntington Beach, however, did not get enough offensive contributions against Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley, losing 15-8 … Senior tight end Christian Moore, a Kansas State commit, did not play in the opener due to an ankle injury. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Week 1 High School Football Preview: Huntington Beach vs. Western," 29 Aug. 2019 Mane was one of the most intriguing prospects at the U19 World Cup in Greece, making some impactful, if inconsistent contributions for Canada and flashing big-time athleticism and ability to get downhill. Jeremy Woo,, "Summer Stock Watch: Where 2020 NBA Draft Prospects Stand," 29 Aug. 2019 And my contribution, what and whoever my characters became, had to brew within that framework. Ryan Chapman, Longreads, "‘Nobody in This Book Is Going to Catch a Break’: Téa Obreht on “Inland”," 28 Aug. 2019 Damn right McMichael remains proud of that contribution, one of those dig-deep efforts that allowed him to collect one of his 33 career game balls. Dan Wiederer,, "‘Ooooh, the skulduggery!’: Inside the world of Steve McMichael, still one of the most colorful and beloved characters from the 1985 Bears," 26 Aug. 2019 The city’s contribution, in the form of two forgivable CRA loans, is $350,000 of the total $374,000 renovation. Brittany Wallman,, "Fort Lauderdale fuels northwest building boom with $2.1 million for developers," 21 Aug. 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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The first known use of contribution was in the 14th century

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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)


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



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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