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1 someone who contributes (or promises to contribute) a sum of money [syn: subscriber]
2 a writer whose work is published in a newspaper or magazine or as part of a book

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  1. A benefactor; someone who donates to charity or some cause.
    I am a longstanding financial contributor to Amnesty International.
  2. A person who backs, supports or champions a cause, activity or institution.
    He was a regular contributor to Greenpeace protests.
  3. A person instrumental in the creation or growth of something.
    With her strength and intelligence, she is an important contributor to the indigenous gene pool.
  4. A person who produces articles published in a newspaper, magazine, online publication, etc.
    William Safire has been a notable contributor to the op-ed pages of the New York Times for many years.


a benefactor; someone who gives to charity or some cause
a person who backs, supports or champions a cause, activity or institution
a person instrumental in the creation or growth of something
a person who contributes articles to a newspaper, magazine etc

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The Contributor was an independent publication associated with the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) between 1879 and 1896. It was a monthly periodical and sought to represent the Young Men's and Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Associations, the youth organizations of the LDS Church at the time. It was founded by Junius F. Wells, the inaugural head of the YMMIA.
The Contributor ceased publication in 1896 and was not immediately replaced. The Young Woman's Journal had begun publication in 1889 and it replaced The Contributor for the YLMIA in all but name. However, to provide an official replacement for The Contributor that would cater to both young men and young women, YMMIA and YLMIA began publication of the Improvement Era in 1897.


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