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[kon-truh-byoo-shuh n] /ˌkɒn trəˈbyu ʃən/
the act of contributing.
something contributed.
an article, story, drawing, etc., furnished to a magazine or other publication.
an impost or levy.
Insurance. the method of distributing liability, in case of loss, among several insurers whose policies attach to the same risk.
Origin of contribution
1350-1400; Middle English contribucio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin contribūtiōn- (stem of contribūtiō). See contribute, -ion
Related forms
contributional, adjective
noncontribution, noun
overcontribution, noun
precontribution, noun
supercontribution, noun
2. gift, donation, benefaction. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contribution
  • Nicole explained that the prime minister knew about my studies and that the gift was intended to be a contribution to my studies.
  • It would also make a lasting contribution to science.
  • He perceived that different coffee-houses stood for widely different interests, and he laid them all under contribution.
  • But the contribution from the foreconscious, which is missing here, may be found in another place.
  • For too long, the measurement of scientific contribution has centered on the publication.
  • But it's his contribution to the field of temporal physics for which he is best remembered.
  • However, the real contribution of this paper isn't even these statistically significant results.
  • Ask your student council to make a contribution to a local organization dedicated to recovering species.
  • Recycling as much of your household garbage as possible can significantly reduce your contribution to landfills.
  • There are plenty of ways to reduce this contribution.
British Dictionary definitions for contribution


the act of contributing
something contributed, such as money or ideas
an article, story, etc, contributed to a newspaper or other publication
(insurance) a portion of the total liability incumbent on each of two or more companies for a risk with respect to which all of them have issued policies
(archaic) a levy, esp towards the cost of a war
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Word Origin and History for contribution

late 14c., from Old French contribution and directly from Latin contributionem (nominative contributio), noun of action from past participle stem of contribuere "to bring together, add, contribute," from com- "together" (see com-) + tribuere "to allot, pay" (see tribute).

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