con|trib|u|tor [kənˈtrıbjutə US -ər] n
1.) someone who gives money, help, ideas etc to something that a lot of other people are also involved in
campaign contributors
contributor to
Dr Win was a major contributor to the research.
2.) someone who writes a story, song, speech etc that forms part of a larger work such as a newspaper, book, broadcast, recording etc
contributor to
a regular contributor to Time magazine
3.) formal someone or something that helps to cause something to happen
contributor to
Cars are still one of the principal contributors to air pollution.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • contributor — con‧trib‧u‧tor [kənˈtrɪbjtə ǁ ər] noun [countable] someone who makes contribution S: • Nearly half of contributors changed from one pension fund to another last year. * * * contributor UK US /kənˈtrɪbjʊtər/ noun [C] ► one of the reasons why… …   Financial and business terms

  • contributor — I (giver) noun almoner, almsgiver, altruist, assignor, benefactor, bestower, donator, donor, granter, grantor, investor, patron, philanthropist, presenter, subscriber, supplier, supporter, testator, vouchsafer II (contributor) noun abettor,… …   Law dictionary

  • Contributor — Con*trib u*tor, n. One who, or that which, contributes; specifically, one who writes articles for a newspaper, magazine, or book. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contributor — also contributer, mid 15c., from Anglo Fr. contributour, from V.L. *contributorem, agent noun from contribut , stem of contribuere (see CONTRIBUTION (Cf. contribution)). Related: Contributory (early 15c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contributor — n. one who gives money 1) a generous; regular contributor 2) a contributor to (a generous contributor to charity) one who contributes scholarly works 3) a prolific; regular contributor 4) a contributor to (a regular contributor to a journal) * *… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • contributor — UK [kənˈtrɪbjʊtə(r)] / US [kənˈtrɪbjətər] noun [countable] Word forms contributor : singular contributor plural contributors 1) someone who gives money, goods, or their time or effort in order to help to achieve something contributor to: a major… …   English dictionary

  • contributor — con|trib|u|tor [ kən trıbjətər ] noun count 1. ) someone who gives money, goods, or their time or effort in order to help to achieve something: contributor to: a major contributor to the campaign 2. ) someone or something that is one of the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • contributor — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ important, key, significant, valuable ▪ big, large ▪ leading, main, major …   Collocations dictionary

  • contributor — noun a) A benefactor; someone who donates to charity or some cause. I am a longstanding financial contributor to Amnesty International. b) A person who backs, supports or champions a cause, activity or institution …   Wiktionary

  • contributor — [[t]kəntrɪ̱bjʊtə(r)[/t]] contributors N COUNT: oft N to n You can use contributor to refer to one of the causes of an event or situation, especially if that event or situation is an unpleasant one. → See also contribute Old buses are major… …   English dictionary

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