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Definition of contribution noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    contribution

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    BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrɪˈbjuːʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntrɪˈbjuːʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1  [countable] a sum of money that is given to a person or an organization in order to help pay for something synonym donation contribution (to something) to make a contribution to charity a substantial contribution All contributions will be gratefully received. contribution (toward(s) something/doing something) valuable contributions towards the upkeep of the cathedral
  2. 2  [countable] contribution (to something) a sum of money that you pay regularly to your employer or the government in order to pay for benefits such as health insurance, a pension, etc. monthly contributions to the pension scheme National Insurance contributions Synonymspaymentpremium contribution subscription repayment deposit instalmentThese are all words for an amount of money that you pay or are expected to pay, or for the act of paying.payment an amount of money that you pay or are expected to pay; the act of paying:ten monthly payments of $50 payment in advancepremium an amount of money that you pay once or regularly for an insurance policy; an extra payment added to the basic rate; a higher amount of money than usual:an insurance premium a premium for express deliverycontribution a sum of money that you pay regularly to your employer or the government in order to pay for benefits such as health insurance, a pension, etc:You can increase your monthly contributions to the pension plan.subscription an amount of money you pay in advance to receive regular copies of a newspaper or magazine or to receive a service:a subscription to ‘Newsweek’repayment (British English) an amount of money that you pay regularly to a bank, etc. until you have returned all the money that you owe; the act of paying this money:the repayments on the loandeposit an amount of money that you pay as the first part of a larger payment:We’ve put down a 5% deposit on the house.instalment one of a number of payments that you make regularly over a period of time until you have paid for something:We paid for the car by/​in instalments.Patterns (a/​an) annual/​monthly/​regular payment/​premium/​contributions/​subscription/​repayment/​deposit/​instalment payment/​repayment in full to pay a(n) premium/​contribution/​subscription/​deposit/​instalment to make a payment/​repayment/​deposit to meet/​keep up (with) (the) payment(s)/the premiums/(the) repayment(s)/the instalments
  3. 3  [countable, usually singular] an action or a service that helps to cause or increase something contribution (to something) He made a very positive contribution to the success of the project. a significant contribution to scientific knowledge the car’s contribution to the greenhouse effect contribution (toward(s) something/doing something) These measures would make a valuable contribution towards reducing industrial accidents.
  4. 4  [countable] contribution (to something) an item that forms part of a book, magazine, broadcast, discussion, etc. an important contribution to the debate All contributions for the May issue must be received by Friday.
  5. 5[uncountable] contribution (to something) the act of giving something, especially money, to help a person or an organization We rely entirely on voluntary contribution.
  6. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting a tax or levy): from late Latin contributio(n-), from Latin contribuere ‘bring together, add’, from con- ‘with’ + tribuere ‘bestow’.Extra examples Each of these writers has made an individual contribution to the discussion. He made a major contribution to peace in the region. He was recognized for his unique contribution to the arts. I’d like to make a small contribution to the cost of the holiday. Researchers have argued over the relative contributions of nature and nurture to the human personality. Residents made a net contribution to public finances of $2.6 billion. The author acknowledges the contributions of scientist Charles Green. We like to think that we are making a positive contribution to society. We rely entirely on voluntary contributions. We were asked to make a contribution towards the cost of the meal. a valuable contribution to science employers’ pension and health insurance contributions Contributions of cakes and other items for the cake sale can be left in the school office. He has made several valuable contributions towards the upkeep of the cathedral. He made a very positive contribution to the overall success of the project. She has made a significant contribution to scientific knowledge. You can increase your monthly contributions to the pension plan.
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