Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the part played by a person in bringing about a result
    they all did their share of the work
  2. (noun, act) act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
  3. (noun, act) a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story
  4. (noun, possession) an amount of money contributed
  5. (noun, possession) a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Contribution

donation, part, share

Origin of the word Contribution

  1. late 14c., from L. contributionem, from contribuere "to bring together, add, contribute," from com- "together" + tribuere "to allot, pay" (see tribute). Used in Eng. in fig. sense of "crushed in spirit by a sense of sin." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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