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 First, consider the activity associated with home sales—think broker fees, lawyers, etc.—which are a sizable contributor to housing’s GDP footprint. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 Most of them live in Heritage Hunt, a 1,863-home neighborhood near the site that was also once farmland and is now a significant contributor of salt to the Occoquan watershed. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2022 With family care, there’s more pressure on women to do that, which is also a contributor to the pay gap because women are more likely to call off work in order to support their family. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Aug. 2022 Baden, the former chief medical examiner of New York City and a Fox News contributor, questioned whether there had been a miscommunication involved. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 1 Aug. 2022 Nimari Burnett was set to be a contributor last season after transferring from Texas Tech but was sidelined by the summer injury. Michael Casagrande |, al, 30 July 2022 Abrahm Lustgarten covers climate change at ProPublica and is a regular contributor to the magazine. New York Times, 27 July 2022 Nikola Jovic is a considerable ways from being a contributor. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 23 July 2022 Molly Allen is a contributor to the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab. Molly Allen, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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“Contributor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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