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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Recent Examples on the Web Agriculture, in general, is a significant contributor of greenhouse gases, from synthetic fertilizers and manure management to methane. Nathan Owens, Arkansas Online, 10 June 2021 Even more formidable is the new growth of YouTube’s advertising business, which is not only now a ten-figure annual contributor to the music industry, but is really starting to soar in the post-pandemic environment of 2021. Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021 That's one possible contributor to Bitcoin's slump. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 8 June 2021 Cathy Alter is a frequent Post contributor whose articles and essays have also appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine, the Cut and Wired. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Bratton, who is married to Rikkie Kleiman, a legal contributor to CBS News, now works as a security consultant in the private sector. CBS News, 6 June 2021 Most recently, the DOJ identified another $143 million in false billing, and telehealth providers were once again a prominent contributor to the frauds. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 4 June 2021 The family is also a big contributor to the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Lee Roop |, al, 3 June 2021 The biggest contributor to Apple’s scope 3 emissions is manufacturing presumably in overseas locations (16.1 million tons), while claiming that 200 suppliers account for 98% of its products. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of contributor

circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contributor was circa 1531

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13 Jun 2021

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“Contributor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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