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Meaning of tribute

trib•ute

Pronunciation: (trib'yt), [key]
— n.
  1. a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem.
  2. a stated sum or other valuable consideration paid by one sovereign or state to another in acknowledgment of subjugation or as the price of peace, security, protection, or the like.
  3. a rent, tax, or the like, as that paid by a subject to a sovereign.
  4. any exacted or enforced payment or contribution.
  5. obligation or liability to make such payment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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