con·​trib·​u·​tor | \ kən-ˈtri-byə-tər, -bə-, -ˌbyü-\

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: 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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Rampant home flipping is often cited as a contributor to the housing bubble that inflated prior to 2008. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "As housing market cools, home flipping shows signs of decline," 5 Nov. 2018 Requiring the groups to disclose their top donors would deter contributors and subject donors to threats and harassment, the two groups argued. Sudhin Thanawala, The Seattle Times, "Court sides with California in fight over Koch group donors," 11 Sep. 2018 Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY's digital video show TECH NOW. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "How I saved $500 on my vacation ... and how you can, too," 12 July 2018 That’s where draft classes and vets laboring through the first four years of their minimal rookie contracts come in, because many of them jockey to be solid contributors and thus reach a big payday. Omar Kelly,, "Who are the best Dolphins players dollar for dollar? Miami's best bargains," 5 July 2018 Management is underappreciated as a contributor to success. The Economist, "User-rating systems are cut-rate substitutes for a skilful boss," 28 June 2018 Griswold, an Outside contributor and an acclaimed poet and journalist, carefully sifts through Haney’s reasons for finally deciding to sign a lease with the billion-dollar outfit. Craig Fehrman, Outside Online, "Star Journalists Explore Rural America," 12 June 2018 The bill would require a listing of contributors and expenses stemming from the state committee contests. Frank Phillips,, "There’s a bill that would rein in Charlie Baker’s fund-raising, but Democrats aren’t touching it," 30 May 2018 Gigi Perreau, Markle's former drama teacher and 1940s film star, was a guest of ITV as an exclusive contributor. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Spotted Her Old Drama Teacher During the Royal Carriage Ride," 19 May 2018

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circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

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