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contingent (noun) a part of a whole, especially a group of people forming the part of a larger group; a group of soldiers.

A group of people from the same place, and with a common purpose and meeting other groups of people from other places is a contingent. A set of teams from one place competing with the sets of teams from the other places in a sports meet, is a contingent. Each country participating in Olympics sends its contingent, that is, all the sportspersons and athletes representing the country in the Olympic competitions. A national cultural event in any country has contingents of artistes from the different regions of the country. A troop of soldiers sent to join the main body of soldiers in a place during wartime is also a contingent. 'Fresh contingents of troops have been sent to the war front to augment the forces there.' This means, more troops of soldiers are going to join the soldiers on the war front.

  • At one of the Olympic meets, there was the unfortunate incident of some members of the Israeli contingent having been shot dead.
  • The contingent of Indian soldiers was the largest constituent of the UN peace-keeping force in Uganda, when there was trouble in the country.
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