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as in: the Canadian contingent Define
a group of people acting for or representing a larger group with whom they have something in common -- such as a squad of soldiers who are sent to do a job or members of a group who are sent to represent the larger group at a convention
  • The peacekeeping force includes a British contingent.
  • Each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics.

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  • They left a small headquarters contingent behind as they moved out.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • Then the Rum Alley contingent turned slowly in the direction of their home street.
    Crane, Stephen  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • The marshal, a Count Rostov, hasn’t sent half his contingent.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Applause, and a round of "wunderschoning" and "prachtvolleying" from the German contingent.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
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as in: contingent upon Define
determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established
  • We made an offer to buy the house, but the offer is contingent upon our selling our existing home before closing the sale on the new one.
  • They had to plan for contingent expenses.

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  • arms sales contingent on the approval of congress
  • Let us, then, look at this matter, along with some interesting items contingent.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick LXVIII-CXXXIV
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  • The hit of the village was the Japanese contingent, whose tradition of prodigious gift giving made them the collective Santa Claus of the Games.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • A contingent of black students went to the principal in a futile attempt to get him to lower the flag to half-mast.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Knowing laughter came from the older contingent in the room.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The male members of the van Daan contingent have built a very handy wood-stained food safe, with real screens.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The direction I fire my gun is the direction of their main contingent.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Applause, and a round of "wunderschoning" and pracht volleying from the German contingent.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Then the Rum Alley contingent turned slowly in the direction of their home street.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • The results of confession were not contingent, they were certain; whereas betrayal was not certain.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • All contingent on us being able to save something,’ Vic said, ’which is about as likely as the Cleveland Indians winning the World Series this fall.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • I dropped in to say good-bye — for all of us, the whole contingent.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy

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  • A contingent of twenty-four men and women, garbed in thick leather robes, occupied the head of the column.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • William had led a contingent of soldiers to the caves for sulfur.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • THOMAS LED his contingent from the smoke, praying that every Scab eye was on him.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • He wheels around to see a contingent behind him, two hard-looking boys he barely knows and an accompaniment of girls.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • We were allowed to stay with the FBI and the local police contingent at the crime scene.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Then I turned to face the Marine contingent, the uniformed strangers who had now become our friends—become part of our family.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • But they were gathering for a march on Albany or Washington to ask for a relief increase and starting out to meet the Buffalo contingent.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Always sends us a nice contingent, what with its intoxicatingly damp meteorology.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Max, there will be a contingent of demons arriving here tomorrow— "What?" exclaimed Max, sitting up.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • To his right, between him and the doors that led to the entrance of the keep, was a contingent of fifty or more soldiers.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • A dozen smaller contingents were heading up the Gap, armies of a few hundred each, not so much larger than the one they’d torn apart thirty minutes ago.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • A contingent of kids from Sterling High had come dressed in green T-shirts with the number 19 on the front-the same one that had graced Matt’s hockey jersey.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Let me name only captains of contingents and number all the ships.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • A contingent of demons was coming to Rowan, and yet arms were looped and poses were struck while shutters clicked.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I am sending out a contingent under the command of Martland Redbeard, the Earl of Thun, to destroy them and to do some scouting besides.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Also, Galbatorix garrisoned Aroughs with a fair number of soldiers—more than twice what we have—in addition to their usual contingent.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • As I hitched my backpack over my shoulder and started toward the road, I made it a point not to look at the Perkins Day contingent, even as I passed right in front of them.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • As they went down the stairs another contingent began to straggle up, having eaten a hasty meal after their night’s work, and making now for certain of the just-vacated beds.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • As he trotted over to them, Roran saw a large contingent of soldiers emerge from among the buildings at the far side of the square.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • It is a point of fact that the whole male contingent of the family got into a brawl in town—"they wasn’t fightin’ nobody else, just each other," my momma said—and, as a family, went to jail.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Of this French contingent, Adams took an immediate liking to an army surgeon named Nicholas Noel, who spoke English and thought well enough of John Quincy to begin schooling him in French.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Far from home, alone, and penniless, the boy had attached himself to a fat hedge knight named Ser Lorimer the Belly, who was part of Lord Lefford’s contingent, charged with protecting the baggage train.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • In that time, a massive crowd of warriors gathered around the clearing: humans, dwarves, and even a contingent of gray-skinned Urgals, led by Nar Garzhvog, who spit at the men closest to them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Nestor then proposes that the Greeks assemble by clan and nation and the poet spends almost three hundred verses cataloging the leaders of the Greek contingents and the number of ships each brought to Troy.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Nireus had led three well-found ships from Syme— Nireus, Aglaia’s child by Lord Kharopos— Nireus, of all Danaans before Troy most beautifully made, after Akhilleus, a feeble man, though, with a small contingent.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • In Washington the New York contingent, including Chauncey Depew, president of the New York Central and one of the most celebrated orators of the day, sensed a tide change and asked for a recess until the next day.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The burnout contingent at Perkins Day was less scruffy than their Jackson counterparts but still easily recognizable, hanging out by the far end of the quad near the art building in a spot everyone called the Smokestack.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • To his English, to the regiments of Halkett, to the brigades of Mitchell, to the guards of Maitland, he gave as reinforcements and aids, the infantry of Brunswick, Nassau’s contingent, Kielmansegg’s Hanoverians, and Ompteda’s Germans.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • What he knew of the cell, he knew from the torchlit first glimpse he’d had, guided down here by a contingent of Silent Brothers, who had opened the barred gate of the cell for him and ushered him inside as if he were a common criminal.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • I must apologize for the absence of our ally, King Orrin of Surda; he could not be here to greet you, as he wished, for he and his horsemen are even now busy defending our westward flank from a contingent of Galbatorix’s troops.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • At any rate, she felt herself so completely in command of the situation that she yielded to a sense of security in which all fear of Mr. Rosedale, and of the difficulties on which that fear was contingent, vanished beyond the edge of thought.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • In other words, it wasn’t like my love for the Almighty was contingent upon whether the blessings came or not.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • A contingent of German soldiers seemed to be supplementing the regular police force.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • His admission into the Arcanum contingent upon proof that he has mastered the basic principles of sympathy.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Let us, then, look at this matter, along with some interesting items contingent.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Independently of the original and individual contribution of each writer, there are collective contingents.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • As we waited, I became aware of a contingent of pasdar lurking down the street.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Then a truckload of the yellow coats arrived for the police contingents; men caught them as they were thrown out of the rear of the van.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • A contingent of Howards then went to see Mrs. Turner, the mother of Will Turner and Little Bob, to ask for a truce.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • By the end of the game, a contingent of local fans were chanting, "Los Ninos Maravilla" (the Amazing Kids).
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
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