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[kuh n-trib-yuh-ter] /kənˈtrɪb yə tər/
a person who contributes money, assistance, etc.
a person who contributes an article, story, etc., to a newspaper, magazine, or the like.
Origin of contributor
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English contributour < Anglo-French. See contribute, -tor
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[kuh n-trib-yuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kənˌtrɪb yəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
noncontributor, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contributor
  • To this journal he became a contributor, and later was for a time its nominal editor.
  • The street as a playground is a heavy contributor to the undertaker's bank account in more than one way.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel-based electricity generation is a major contributor to climate change.
  • However it isn't a likely contributor, and pristine abiogenesis seems simple enough.
  • The biggest contributor to the energy intensity is the aluminum frames.
  • In fact, the number one contributor to that effect for this world.
  • Please note, it is a proven fact that excess greenhouse gases are a major contributor to global warming.
  • The fact that humans are a major contributor is also established through evidence.
  • Currently, pipeline leaks are the main culprit, but fracking is a quickly growing contributor.
  • It was out of place to panic over vaccines but it is also incorrect to completely dismiss vaccines as a contributor as well.
British Dictionary definitions for contributor


a person who contributes, esp one who writes for a newspaper or one who makes a donation to a cause, etc
something that is a factor in or is partly responsible for something: alcohol was a contributor to his death
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for contributor

also contributer, mid-15c., from Anglo-French contributour, from Vulgar Latin *contributorem, agent noun from contribut-, stem of contribuere (see contribution). Related: Contributory (early 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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