con·​trib·​u·​tor | \ kən-ˈtri-byə-tər How to pronounce contributor (audio) , -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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In Canada, where timber is a major contributor to the economy, wood products end up sequestering 2.4% of its annual emissions, or over 30% of its industrial emissions. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How much carbon does our lumber sequester?," 7 July 2019 Some of these players were longtime contributors, while others were in Portland for only a short time but still made a significant impact., "Portland Trail Blazers’ outgoing players: What will you remember about Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless, Enes Kanter, Meyers Leonard, Seth Curry?," 1 July 2019 Jared Casey of Ballard and JJ Weaver of Moore are among those who could be early contributors. Rana Cash, The Courier-Journal, "How many football games will Louisville and Kentucky win? See win projections," 26 June 2019 The debates can stoke public interest in a flagging campaign, said Donna Brazile, a former DNC chairwoman and Fox News contributor. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Early Democratic Field Splits Into Two Tiers," 23 June 2019 Revetments alone have reduced bank caving, a major contributor to the river’s sediment load, by 90 percent. Tristan Baurick,, "Dredging, dams and other river controls starve places downriver of much-needed sediment," 15 June 2019 All four were major contributors to the K2 effort, but Bielecki and Urubko were widely considered the team's best chances to make the summit. National Geographic, "Meet the super climbers who came to the rescue on the 'Killer Mountain'," 12 June 2019 Students, faculty and alumni were major contributors to the Perlitz organization. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Fairfield University, others liable for $60 million settlement ordered in Haiti orphanage abuse case," 6 June 2019 Morgan is also the only regular contributor left on Indiana’s roster with the muscle memory of a Big Ten title. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Juwan Morgan's return means raised expectations for IU basketball," 29 May 2018

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circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

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