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English Dictionary: contribution by the DICT Development Group
2 results for contribution
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the part played by a person in bringing about a result; "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project"; "they all did their share of the work"
    Synonym(s): contribution, part, share
  2. a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
    Synonym(s): contribution, donation
  3. act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
    Synonym(s): contribution, donation
  4. an amount of money contributed; "he expected his contribution to be repaid with interest"
  5. a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Contribution \Con`tri*bu"tion\, n. [L. contributio: cf. F.
      1. The act of contributing.
      2. That which is contributed; -- either the portion which an
            individual furnishes to the common stock, or the whole
            which is formed by the gifts of individuals.
                     A certain contribution for the poor saints which are
                     at jerusalem.                                    --Rom. xv. 26.
                     Aristotle's actual contributions to the physical
                     sciences.                                          --Whewell.
      3. (Mil.) An irregular and arbitrary imposition or tax leved
            on the people of a town or country.
                     These sums, . . . and the forced contributions paid
                     by luckless peasants, enabled him to keep his
                     straggling troops together.               --Motley.
      4. (Law) Payment, by each of several jointly liable, of a
            share in a loss suffered or an amount paid by one of their
            number for the common benefit.
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