Definitions for: Contribution

[n] any one of a number of individual efforts in a common endeavor; "I am proud of my contribution to the team's success"; "they all did their share of the work"
[n] act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
[n] a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story
[n] an amount of money contributed; "he expected his contribution to be repaid with interest"
[n] a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: donation, donation, part, share

See Also: amount, amount of money, attempt, benefaction, effort, end, endeavor, endeavour, gift, gift, giving, offering, publication, publishing, subscription, sum, sum of money, try

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