con·trib·u·tor | \kən-ˈtri-byə-tər, -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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Single-use plastic items, such as straws, shopping bags, food wrappers, and plastic bottles and bottle caps are the top contributors to this issue. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "MGM Grand Detroit to ditch use of plastic straws," 10 July 2018 The political committees of AIF and the Florida Chamber are the largest contributors to Putnam. Mary Ellen Klas And Emily Mahoney, miamiherald, "Ukrainian oligarch, generous dads and billionaires write big checks in governor's race," 21 June 2018 With the bulk of its contributors back, American Heritage-Delray will be in prime position to continue its run. Wells Dusenbury,, "American Heritage-Delray tops Lake Highland to capture first state title," 12 May 2018 In 2016, her second-largest campaign contributor – after former billionaire Michael Bloomberg – was the political action committee for the state's largest public employee union, Service Employees International Union Local 503. Hillary Borrud,, "Kate Brown poised for easy win in Democratic primary, thanks to union support," 5 May 2018 This era will be defined by the diversity of its contributors, the democratization of science, and the empowerment of everyday people. National Geographic, "Why We Created This First-of-Its-Kind Digital Field Journal," 17 Apr. 2018 Novogratz is the chairman of the Bail Project’s board and its principal contributor. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "A Sidelined Wall Street Legend Bets on Bitcoin," 10 Apr. 2018 Neal is regular contributor to the Hot Property blog, keeping tabs on the luxury digs of L.A. sports figures. Neal J. Leitereg,, "‘Episodes’ co-creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane list L.A. penthouse for $29.9 million," 11 July 2018 Brogan was a regular contributor on a team that went 27-0, including 16-0 in conference, and won the CCCAA Championship. Mark Iandolo,, "Where are they now? Adams, Brogan, Thompson and Yazid," 6 July 2018

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circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

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