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noun [countable] contribution pronunciation in American English /ˌkɑntrɪˈbjuʃ(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 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.
    1. a.
      [usually plural] regular payments made by a person or organization in order to pay for insurance, pensions, etc.
      The union successfully negotiated increased employer contributions to the health benefits package.


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