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noun [countable] contribution pronunciation in British English /ˌkɒntrɪˈbjuːʃ(ə)n/
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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 programme 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 to/towards: We asked parents for a contribution towards the cost of the trip.
    make a contribution: His company made a very large contribution to the campaign fund.
    contribution of: Each of us was asked to make a contribution of £25.
    1. a.
      [usually plural] a regular payment that you make when you are working that helps to pay for your pension or for benefits for people who are unemployed or ill
      Pension contributions have risen steadily over the last few years.
      If you earn less, you don’t pay contributions at all.
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