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contribution (n.)

late 14c., contribucioun, "a levy imposed by a body politic upon a district or population" (for example to pay for military defense in a border region), from Old French contribution "payment" and directly from Late Latin contributionem (nominative contributio) "a dividing, a distributing, a contribution," noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin contribuere "to bring together, add, contribute," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + tribuere "to allot, pay" (see tribute).

Meaning "the act of giving in common with others" is from mid-15c. Sense of "that which is given toward a common end" is from c. 1600. Sense of "a writing for a magazine or journal" is from 1714.

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Definitions of contribution from WordNet

contribution (n.)
the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result;
I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project
Synonyms: part / share
contribution (n.)
a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause;
Synonyms: donation
contribution (n.)
act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity;
Synonyms: donation
contribution (n.)
an amount of money contributed;
he expected his contribution to be repaid with interest
contribution (n.)
a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story;
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