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 Jon Gorey is a regular contributor to the Globe Magazine., "A Maine for all seasons," 5 May 2021 Candidates get the first dollars that go into the JFC up to the $2,900-per-contributor federal limit for candidates. cleveland, "Delaware County GOP no longer helping Josh Mandel fundraise," 5 May 2021 Brendan Donahue, a contributor at Sharp Football Analysis, has the current top five-year average of 44.8 points. Josh Peter, USA Today, "Who had the most accurate NFL mock draft? Not ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.," 5 May 2021 Reece Kelley Graham is a digital producer, staff writer and pro-wrestling contributor for The Dallas Morning News. Dallas News, "Major League Wrestling, home of Ross and Marshall Von Erich, will return to Dallas in September," 4 May 2021 Miami’s hopeful that Igbinoghene, who was taken in the first round of the 2020 draft, will speed up his development in his second season and become more of a contributor. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Here’s where Dolphins’ roster stands after the 2021 NFL draft | Analysis," 4 May 2021 Marlena Sloss, a freelance photographer in San Francisco and contributor to The Washington Post, explained that the image also appeared to have been captured with strong flash and a wide-angle lens. Washington Post, "Are the Bidens giants? Are the Carters tiny? Or are our eyes failing us?," 4 May 2021 Gorra, an English professor at Smith College and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, is a lucid and rigorous critic, adept at weaving studies of Southern literature and politics into Faulkner’s biography. Benjamin Nugent, Harper's Magazine, "The Still Center of Destruction," 27 Apr. 2021 Virginia Heffernan is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times' Opinion section. Virginia Heffernan Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, "The metaphors and truths of the Reagan and Mondale eras," 23 Apr. 2021

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circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

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“Contributor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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