Meaning of “contribution” in the English Dictionary

"contribution" in English

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contributionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌkɒn.trɪˈbjuː.ʃən/ us /ˌkɑːn.trɪˈbjuː.ʃən/

B2 something that you contribute or do to help produce 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 school magazine must be received by 1 August.
This invention made a major contribution to road safety.
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)

"contribution" in American English

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contributionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌkɑn·trəˈbju·ʃən/

money, support, or other help:

[ C ] He made a substantial contribution to the building fund.

(Definition of “contribution” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"contribution" in Business English

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uk /ˌkɒntrɪˈbjuːʃən/ us

[ usually plural ] HR payments from a company or employee to pay for an employee's benefits such as medical insurance or a pension:

He should be investing at least 10% of his salary (including his employer's contributions).
Her plan automatically increases 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 state budget, but it could include private contributions and insurance money from contractors.
He raised $1.2 million in campaign contributions.

[ C or U ] ACCOUNTING the amount of money earned 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 graphics business.

[ C or U ] INSURANCE the part of the total insurance payment that one insurance company pays to a customer, when more than one insurance company provides insurance for the same injury, accident, loss, etc.

(Definition of “contribution” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)