contribution-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: making an effort or donation

Commentary: CONTRIBUTION[+event] The act of making an individual effort to a common cause, usually in the form of labor, ideas, or money.

John's contribution to the digging left him exhausted.
Yesterday I made a generous contribution to the fund.
The unexpected contribution brought us out of debt.
I'm proud of my contribution to the football team's success.
The public radio station depended on listener contributions to keep running.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1 3

Sense Number 2: effort or donation

Commentary: The effort or donation to a common cause, treated as an object. Probably much rarer. Does not refer to the act of making the effort or donation.

John's contribution was placed in an envelope and deposited in the bank.
I expect my contribution to be repaid with interest.
Where was your contribution to the victory?

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2 4

Sense Number 3: piece of writing in a collection

Commentary: A specific kind of effort. Writing in a magazine, story collection, or newspaper.

All the contributions in this week's issue were unusually well-written.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 4: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)