Definition of charity in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃarɪti

noun (plural charities)

  • 1An organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need: the charity provides practical help for homeless people
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    • Without your support, the services that charities provide could come to an end.
    • He now appears at pubs and clubs across Europe and raises money for cancer charities.
    • The branch also raises money for local charities and at one stage put on shows for the local community.
    non-profit-making organization, non-profit organization, not-for-profit organization, voluntary organization, charitable institution; fund, trust, foundation, cause, movement
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The body of organizations viewed collectively as the object of fundraising or of donations: the proceeds of the sale will go to charity
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    • Cash will be the vital ingredient as celebrity chefs cook up a special fundraising treat for charity.
    • During those years we shared many experiences particularly when fundraising for charity.
    • There have been over a hundred performances so far, several of them as fund-raising ventures for charity.


charity begins at home

proverb A person’s first responsibility is for the needs of their own family and friends.
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  • And since charity begins at home, Vicky enlisted the help of her 57-year-old mum Glenys, who is also the grandmother of three youngsters.
  • I have always believed that charity begins at home.
  • Surely, everybody knows that charity begins at home.


late Old English (in the sense 'Christian love of one's fellows'): from Old French charite, from Latin caritas, from carus 'dear'.

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