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1  —as in:
a tribute to the great actor
Definition praise or something done to express admiration or respect
  • I was moved by her tearful tribute to her deceased colleague.
tribute = praise or something done to express admiration or respect
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I wrote the song as a tribute to all parents who sacrifice for their children.
  • tribute = praise or something done to express admiration or respect
  • Whether Maycomb knows it or not, we're paying the highest tribute we can pay a man. We trust him to do right.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tribute = expression of admiration
  • The promoters had renamed the marquee event in tribute to Louie, who was still believed dead by virtually everyone outside of his family.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • tribute = expression of admiration
  • Once I'd gotten a bottle from Massachusetts, which I kept as a tribute to how far something can go in life.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • tribute = symbol of something worthy of praise
  • Every time a man died, or a woman died, or a child died, she would be on hand with her "tribute" before he was cold.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • tribute = expression of admiration
  • They stood together over the grave in final tribute.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • tribute = expression of admiration
  • "What on earth for?" she wondered, astonished, but at the same time touched by this strange tribute to her power.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • tribute = expression of admiration
  • That's probably the strangest tribute this school has had in a hundred and sixty years.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • tribute = expression of admiration
  • Almost any exhibition of complete self-sufficiency draws a stunned tribute from me.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
tribute = expression of admiration

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2  —as in:
demanded they pay tribute
Definition payment by one nation for protection by another;
or: payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
  • The Second Barbary War ended the American practice of paying tribute to pirates along the north coast of Africa.
tribute = payment to someone so they will not harm you
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The Federalist Party adopted the slogan, "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute."
  • tribute = payment to someone so they will not harm you
  • All of them would be turned out of their cottage if they could not give their lord the tribute he levied.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • tribute = payment demanded for protection
  • In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • tributes = things paid for protection
  • Not as a free person but as an Avox or something, waiting on the future tributes of District 12.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I never dreamed you'd be a tribute again.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The victor tributes from 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 11 had varying degrees of knowledge about it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Just in case it's not enough fun watching the obliteration of the arena and the remaining tributes.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I do not want to watch my twenty-two fellow tributes die.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • That will leave Peeta with only one tribute to kill.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire

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