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contribution

[kon-truh-byoo-shuh n] /ˌkɒn trəˈbyu ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of contributing.
2.
something contributed.
3.
an article, story, drawing, etc., furnished to a magazine or other publication.
4.
an impost or levy.
5.
Insurance. the method of distributing liability, in case of loss, among several insurers whose policies attach to the same risk.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
2. gift, donation, benefaction.
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  • Among his contributions were to integrate social-science research and an understanding of economic markets into urban planning.
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  • About half of families saving for college make regular contributions to some type of savings vehicle.
  • Good eccentrics need administrators who recognize that not all contributions can be quantified over the short term, if at all.
  • For individuals with low incomes, the private contributions would be heavily subsidised by the government.
  • The contributions to this interesting controversy have been numerous and varied.
British Dictionary definitions for contributions

contribution

/ˌkɒntrɪˈbjuːʃən/
noun
1.
the act of contributing
2.
something contributed, such as money or ideas
3.
an article, story, etc, contributed to a newspaper or other publication
4.
(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
5.
(archaic) a levy, esp towards the cost of a war
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Word Origin and History for contributions

contribution

n.

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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