con·​trib·​u·​tor | \ kən-ˈtri-byə-tər How to pronounce contributor (audio) , -bə-, -ˌbyü-\

Definition of contributor

: someone or something that contributes something or that contributes to something charitable contributors … have suggested that the fee would hurt the agriculture industry, a sector they claim is the largest contributor to the state economy.— Wenonah Hauter … was illustrated by Oliver Munday, a frequent contributor to the Book Review …— John Williams These particles, which are known as black carbon and are the major component of soot, are the second most important contributor to global warming, behind only carbon dioxide, wrote the 31 authors of the study …— Elisabeth Rosenthal

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Alyse Whitney is a proudly plus-size Korean-American woman who is the senior food editor at Rachael Ray Every Day and a longtime contributor at Glamour. Alyse Whitney, Glamour, "I Waited Decades to See a Stylish Fat Woman on TV—and Now We’re Blessed With Shrill," 25 Mar. 2019 Here now, Marc Thiessen, American Enterprise Institute scholar, and a Fox News contributor. Fox News, "Kavanaugh's high school friend reacts to fiery testimony," 28 Sep. 2018 Charlotte Diamond is a Teen Vogue contributor and jewelry market assistant at Vogue and Allure. Charlotte Diamond, Teen Vogue, "This Gender-Neutral Store Aims to Create a Safe Space For Its Customer," 20 Mar. 2019 The guest of honor for the evening was frequent Vogue contributor François Halard, who autographed some of his own rare and out-of-print titles. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Bibliophiles Rejoice! L.A. Has a Cool New Bookstore—Nicole Richie and Jeffrey Deitch Are Already Fans," 19 Mar. 2019 Its Woodford Reserve bourbon brand was the biggest contributor to U.S. sales growth. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Brown-Forman posts higher earnings in fiscal 2nd quarter," 5 Dec. 2018 In addition to Perez and Whittaker, the other contributors to the piece are Rehanna and Tayler Fernandes Nuñez, sisters ages 17 and 21. Zoë Madonna,, "With a collaborative piece for Boston Landmarks Orchestra, ZUMIX students reach for the stars," 12 July 2018 The contributors to Chicago Theatre Now all have stories and perspectives on accountability within their community that, until now, have gone untold. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Media / Theater Profiles abuse scandal inspires new magazine examining Chicago theater," 12 July 2018 Across all the justices, the most frequent contributors were people tied to four firms: Pietragallo, Fox Rothschild, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Kline & Specter. Liz Navratil,, "Pa. Supreme Court justices got more than $180K in donations from law firms in clergy abuse case, records show," 11 July 2018

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circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

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