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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Other contributors serve beauty by alchemizing trash. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019 Recipe contributors Jim Merson, owner of Hot Dog Sodas, and Christian Schaal, bar manager of the hip Frogtown venue Zebulon, will join her. Agatha French, Los Angeles Times, "These L.A. book events rival Labor Day barbecues and the beach," 30 Aug. 2019 Nearly every major offensive and defensive contributor is back for a Lions team coming off its deepest playoff run of the decade. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Preseason Colorado Prep Football Power 20: Valor Christian… isn’t No. 1?," 29 Aug. 2019 Another key contributor should be senior defensive back James Ruzicka, whom Barry said is a gritty kid with a great deal of athleticism. Mark Perlman,, "Pioneer Press 2019 football preview: Hinsdale South Hornets," 23 Aug. 2019 Former Slashdot contributor Jon Katz wrote a lengthy defense of the site's Anonymous Coward feature in 1999. T.c. Currie, Ars Technica, "Anonymous “Anonymous Cowards” are, for now, not welcome on Slashdot," 20 Aug. 2019 Cristobal said Pittman, who enrolled in the middle of spring practice and is expected to be a major contributor for the Ducks this season, is being evaluated. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman suffers shoulder injury during second scrimmage," 17 Aug. 2019 Its only contributors are companies affiliated with Bond, including Tap Room Gaming, Tap Room Amusements and Bond’s public relations firm, State Street Public Affairs. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "From Truck Stops to Elections, a River of Gambling Money Is Flooding Waukegan," 8 Aug. 2019 Other contributors for Newport Beach included Trent Smith, John Woodruff, Tyler Robison, Finn Genc, Jack Crosby Wright and Maddox Arlett. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach Water Polo Club’s 14-and-under boys strike gold at Junior Olympics," 26 July 2019

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circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

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