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Contribution is a member of the word family contribute, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun contribution

What does contribution mean as a name of something?

Contribution is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: contributions

  1. the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result
    • example: I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of contribution: part / share
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    • more specific word: end = the part you are expected to play
  2. a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of contribution: donation
    • more generic word: gift = something acquired without compensation
    • more specific terms:
  3. act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of contribution: donation
    • more generic words: gift / giving = the act of giving
    • more specific words:
      • subscription = a pledged contribution
      • alms = money or goods contributed to the poor
  4. an amount of money contributed
  5. a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: publication / publishing = the business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution

Alternative definition of the noun contribution


  1. Something given or offered that adds to a larger whole.
  2. An amount of money given toward something.
  3. The act of contributing.


  1. "Contribution" is a song by British singer-songwriter Mica Paris featuring American rapper Rakim.
  2. "Contribution" is a musical album of Mica Paris.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  3. "Contribution" is a musical album of Shawn Phillips.
    • released in (45 years ago)


  1. Contribution: Metaschema relationship between an agentive entity and an entity to which they have made creative contributions, but are not necessarily considered the creator of. (Note that in some domains, such as film, it is possible to assert in specific instances that someone is the creator, such as the director or producer, but the relationship is not the same in every case. Hence the contribution relationship should be used.
  2. Contribution: The part played by somebody or something in bringing about an end or result.

Printed books with definitions for Contribution

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Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (1980)


contracts, an excess contribution is any amount described in Subparagraphs (2) through (4) of this paragraph.

Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1975)

relating to contributions which are applied to pay premiums on certain annuity, endowment, or life insurance contracts, an excess contribution is any amount described in subparagraphs (2) through (4) ...

Google previewIntrusion Detection in Distributed Systems (2003)

An Abstraction-Based Approach by Peng Ning, Sushil Jajodia, X. Sean Wang

The first contribution is an abstraction -based approach to addressing heterogeneity and autonomy of distributed systems.

Google previewIncome Tax Regulations

by CCH

relating to contributions which are applied to pay premiums on certain annuity, endowment, or life insurance contracts, an excess contribution is any amount described in subparagraphs (2) through (4) ...

Google previewAutomata, Languages and Programming (2004)

31st International Colloquium, ICALP 2004, Turku, Finland, July 12-16, 2004, Proceedings by Josep Diaz

Our main technical contribution is a significantly strengthened analysis of the approximation guarantee by this scheme...

Google previewWireless and Mobile Networking (2008)

IFIP Joint Conference on Mobile Wireless Communications Networks (MWCN'2008) and Personal Wireless Communications (PWC'2008), Toulouse, France, September 30 - October 2, 2008 by Zoubir Mammeri

Our first contribution is the generic context aware architecture for adaptive real time applications. Adaptation is based on the awareness of context parameters from different layers of the existing protocol stack which involves context exchange ...

Google previewAdvances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (2013)

17th Pacific-Asia Conference, PAKDD 2013, Gold Coast, Australia, April 14-17, 2013, Proceedings by Jian Pei, Vincent S. Tseng, Longbing Cao, Hiroshi Motoda, Guandong Xu

Our first contribution is the discovery that the relative frequencies obey a power-law (sub-linear, or super-linear), for a wide variety of ...

Google previewHistory of Strategic and Ballistic Missile Defense: Volume II (2011)

1956-1972 by Barry Leonard

The Air Force contribution is the SPACETRACK system which is composed of three radars at Shemya, Alaska; Dyabikur, Turkey; and Eglin AFB, Florida, and four Baker-Nunn cameras located at strategic places throughout the world.

Google previewMobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking, and Services (2014)

10th International Conference, MOBIQUITOUS 2013, Tokyo, Japan, December 2-4, 2013, Revised Selected Papers by Ivan Stojmenovic, Zixue Cheng, Song Guo

Our first contribution is a proof that the MFS problem is NP-Hard even when the graph is constrained to meet the requirements...

Google previewAtomic and Molecular Nonlinear Optics: Theory, Experiment and Computation (2011)

A Homage to the Pioneering Work of Stanisław Kielich (1925-1993) by G. Maroulis, T. Bancewicz, B. Champagne

The electronic contribution is the movement of negative electrons in the electric field; the ionic contribution is the displacement of charged ions relative to one another; the dipole contribution is due to the alignment of the permanent dipoles in ...

Google previewAn Invitation to Health, Brief Edition (2007)

by Dianne Hales

Major contribution means that the food group or subgroup provides more of the nutrient than any other single food group, averaged over all calorie levels. When two food groups or subgroups provide equal amounts, it is noted as a tie. 2.

Google previewHandbook on Scheduling (2007)

From Theory to Applications by Jacek Błażewicz, Klaus H. Ecker, Erwin Pesch, Günter Schmidt, Jan Weglarz

The first contribution is a description of efficient constraint propagation methods also known as consistency tests for the disjunctive scheduling problem (DSP) which is a generalization of the classical job shop scheduling problem (JSP).

Google previewThe Role of Nonseparable Utility and Nontradeables in International Business Cycle and Portfolio Choice (2007)

by Akito Matsumoto

The primary contribution is a closed form solution for the optimal portfolio, which sheds new light on international risk sharing. The optimal portfolio in this model tends to be too extreme to hold in a realistic world, suggesting that incomplete ...

Google previewAnalysis and Simulation of Multifield Problems (2012)

by Wolfgang L. Wendland, Messoud Efendiev

The key contribution is the formulation of new physically motivated approaches for linear-elastic composites with arbitrary micro-structures. This task is achieved by means of a numerical homogenization concept based on a variational ...

Google previewHandbook of Research on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2014)

by Elizabeth Chell, Mine Karataş-Özkan

Its overall contribution is the provision of a rigorous overview not only of the phenomenon of SE but also of the closely aligned...

As such an important contribution is that the chapter serves to highlight that the process and enactment of SE and ...

Google previewMultifield Problems (2000)

State of the Art by Anna-Margarete Sändig, W. Schiehlen, W.L. Wendland

The key contribution is a new physically motivated approach. In order to take into account the influence of the heterogeneity the idea is to perform a numerical homogenization within a characteristic subdomain. This subdomain is assumed to ...

Google previewSurface Chemistry of Surfactants and Polymers (2014)

by Bengt Kronberg, Krister Holmberg, Bjorn Lindman

The cavity formation contribution is the creation of a cavity in the water and insertion of the hydrocarbon molecule into the cavity. The water structuring contribution is a relaxation of the water molecules around the hydrocarbon into a more ...

Google previewInformation Systems Evolution (2011)

CAiSE Forum 2010, Hammamet, Tunisia, June 7-9, 2010, Selected Extended Papers by Pnina Soffer, Erik Proper

Our first contribution is the introduction of a B-SCP metamodel, which has been implemented by means of the Eclipse...

Google previewResidential Location Choice (2010)

Models and Applications by Francesca Pagliara, John Preston, David Simmonds

Our main theoretical contribution is an elaborate specification of what we should mean by “accessibility” in this context. This is done by assuming that households make a joint choice of location and activity pattern subject to income and time ...

Google previewAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems 19 (2007)

Proceedings of the 2006 Conference by Bernhard Schölkopf, John Platt, Thomas Hofmann

Our primary contribution is a novel casting of visual inference as an iterative parsing process, where one sequentially learns better and better features tuned to a particular image. We show quantitative results for human pose estimation on a ...

Google previewMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention -- MICCAI 2009 (2009)

12th International Conference, London, UK, September 20-24, 2009, Proceedings by Guang-Zhong Yang, David J. Hawkes, Daniel Rueckert

The first major contribution is that we do not compute...

The second major contribution is a novel method to use the selected images and the predefined regions to build a “Frankenstein's creature” for segmentation. We present a qualitative and ...

Google previewThe Impact of Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure (2008)

Lights, Shadows, and the Road Ahead by Luis A. Andres, J. Luis Guasch, Thomas Haven, Vivien Foster

The first key methodological contribution is the distinction between transition period effects and longer-term changes in performance. Often the most dramatic effects of private sector participation are found in the transition period, when the ...

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It is through accomplishment that man makes his contribution and contribution is life's greatest reward. (John Portman)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1T1R1I1B3U1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 12-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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