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noun [countable]     contribution pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    something that you do that helps to achieve something or to make it successful
    a valuable/outstanding contribution:

    This program could not have been successful without Ken’s valuable contribution.

    contribution to:

    her major contribution to the peace process

    make a contribution:

    Community police have made a very positive contribution to crime prevention.

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  2. 2
    an amount of money or something else of value that you give in order to achieve something or to help make it successful
    contribution of:

    Each of us was asked to make a contribution of $25.

    contribution to/toward:

    We asked parents for a contribution toward the cost of the trip.

    make a contribution:

    His company made a very large contribution to the campaign fund.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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