contribution

When you make a contribution, it means you're giving something away — whether it's your money, your possessions, or your time.

A contribution can take many forms. Some contributions are measurable, like a $10 donation to the Salvation Army. Others are less tangible. When a student raises his hand in class to ask a question, he's making a contribution, because the answer to his question enriches the other students' learning experience.

Definitions of contribution
  1. noun
    a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
    synonyms: donation
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    benefaction
    a contribution of money or assistance
    offering
    money contributed to a religious organization
    political contribution, political donation
    a contribution made to a politician or a political campaign or a political party
    tithe
    an offering of a tenth part of some personal income
    offertory
    the offerings of the congregation at a religious service
    Peter's pence, hearth money
    an annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to support the papal see
    soft money
    political contributions made in such a way as to avoid the United States regulations for federal election campaigns (as by contributions to a political action committee)
    thank offering
    an offering made as an expression of thanks
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    gift
    something acquired without compensation
  2. noun
    act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
    synonyms: donation
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    subscription
    a pledged contribution
    alms
    money or goods contributed to the poor
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    gift, giving
    the act of giving
  3. noun
    an amount of money contributed
    “he expected his contribution to be repaid with interest”
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    amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money
    a quantity of money
  4. noun
    the part played by a person in bringing about a result
    “I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project”
    synonyms: part, share
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    end
    the part you are expected to play
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    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  5. noun
    a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings, as an article or story
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    publication, publishing
    the business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution
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