Definition of contribution in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒntrɪˈbjuːʃ(ə)n/


1A gift or payment to a common fund or collection: the agency is mainly financed from voluntary contributions
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  • 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.
donation, gift, benefaction, offering, present, handout;
grant, subsidy, allowance;
bequest, endowment
historical alms
rare donative
1.1The part played by a person or thing in bringing about a result or helping something to advance: the major contribution of social scientists to the understanding of political life there was scarcely a branch of art to which he did not make a contribution
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  • 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.
input into, participation in, involvement in
informal one's pennyworth
1.2A piece of writing submitted for publication in a journal, book, etc. local historians are requesting contributions for a forthcoming book on the history of the community
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  • 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.
article, piece, story, item, chapter, paper, essay, a few paragraphs, a few words;
(contributions) text, reading matter


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

Words that rhyme with contribution

ablution, absolution, allocution, attribution, circumlocution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, convolution, counter-revolution, destitution, dilution, diminution, distribution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prosecution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution

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