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"contribution" in British English

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contributionnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌkɒn.trɪˈbjuː.ʃən/  us   /ˌkɑːn-/
B2 something that you ​contribute or do to ​helpproduce or ​achieve something together with other ​people, or to ​help make something ​successful: All contributions (= ​presents of ​money), no ​matter how ​small, will be much ​appreciated. All contributions (= ​articles to be ​printed) for the ​schoolmagazine must be ​received by 1 ​August. This ​invention made amajor contribution toroadsafety. She didn't make much of a contribution (= she did not say much) at today's ​meeting, did she?
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(Definition of contribution from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contributionnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌkɑn·trəˈbju·ʃən/
money, ​support, or other ​help: [C] He made a ​substantial contribution to the ​buildingfund.
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uk   us   /ˌkɒntrɪˈbjuːʃən/
[usually plural] HR payments from a ​company or ​employee to ​pay for an employee's benefits such as ​medicalinsurance or a ​pension: He should be ​investing at least 10% of his ​salary (​including his employer's contributions). Her ​planautomaticallyincreases her pension contributions each ​year.
[C] FINANCE money given to a ​person or ​organization in ​order to ​help them ​achieve a particular ​goal: Funding would come from the ​statebudget, but it could ​include private contributions and ​insurancemoney from ​contractors. He ​raised $1.2 million in campaign contributions.
[C or U] ACCOUNTING the ​amount of ​moneyearned from a ​product, ​service, or ​activity which is used to ​pay for its overheads (= ​regular and necessary ​costs of ​operating a ​business): Earnings from ​operations were up 19% ​year over ​year, largely ​driven by ​increased contributions from the company's ​graphicsbusiness.
[C or U] INSURANCE the ​part of the ​totalinsurancepayment that one ​insurancecompanypays to a ​customer, when more than one ​insurancecompanyprovidesinsurance for the same ​injury, accident, ​loss, etc.
(Definition of contribution from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “contribution”
in Arabic مُساهَمة…
in Korean 공헌…
in Portuguese contribuição…
in Catalan aportació…
in Japanese 寄付…
in Chinese (Simplified) 贡献, 奉献, 捐款…
in Turkish yardım, katılım, maddi katkı…
in Russian вклад, взнос, пожертвование…
in Chinese (Traditional) 貢獻, 奉獻, 捐款…
in Italian contributo…
in Polish wkład, datek…
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