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contribution

Syllabification: con·tri·bu·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkäntrəˈbyo͞oSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of contribution in English:

noun

1A gift or payment to a common fund or collection: charitable contributions
More example sentences
  • Don't forget that there is a special collection box in each porch for contributions to the renovation fund.
  • The organisation is a voluntary one, totally replying on contributions and fund raising.
  • The centre would be funded through developers' contributions and additional lottery grants.
Synonyms
donation, gift, offering, present, handout, grant, subsidy, allowance, endowment, subscription
formal benefaction
1.1The part played by a person or thing in bringing about a result or helping something to advance: he made a lasting contribution by designing the modern radio telescope
More example sentences
  • As a result, teams can fail to leverage the unique contributions each member may bring.
  • This family has made a major contribution to our social, cultural and historic heritage.
  • All three students made a major contribution to the college's work to encourage good race relations in the town.
1.2An article or other piece of writing submitted for publication in a collection.
Example sentences
  • His research interest was the metabolism of radioactive drugs, and he made many contributions to books and papers.
  • All articles or any contributions to the book would be most welcome and can be sent into the school office this December.
  • We would therefore warmly welcome contributions to the journal that take forward the conversations started here.
Synonyms
article, piece, story, item, chapter, paper, essay

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a tax or levy): from late Latin contributio(n-), from Latin contribuere 'bring together, add' (see contribute).

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