Definition of donate in English:

donate

Syllabification: do·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈdōˌnāt
 
/

verb

[with object]
1Give (money or goods) for a good cause, for example to a charity: the proceeds will be donated to an AIDS awareness charity
More example sentences
  • Last year's winner received his cash scholarship and was also able to donate money to a charity that helps students pay for their schooling.
  • He donated large sums of money to charity and established scholarship trusts to help Asian students come to Scotland to study.
  • If you're doing a promotion that involves donating money to a charity, send it to the business section of your local paper.
Synonyms
give, give/make a donation of, contribute, make a contribution of, gift, pledge, grant, bestow
informal chip in, pitch in, kick in
1.1Allow the removal of (blood or an organ) from one’s body for transplantation, transfusion, or other use.
More example sentences
  • As a further precaution, should previously transfused people not be allowed to donate blood?
  • This led to a ban on people who have received a blood transfusion since January 1980 donating blood in the future.
  • These steps include not donating blood, tissue or organs, and ensuring they tell their doctors and dentists if they undergo treatment in future.

Origin

late 18th century: back-formation from donation.

Derivatives

donator

Pronunciation: /ˈdōnātər/
noun
More example sentences
  • The shortfall is expected to be met by income generated from corporate supporters and by public donators, who have already donated nearly £25,000.
  • Thanks goes out to all those who took part on a freezing Saturday morning and also to all donators and well-wishers along the route.
  • Church officials say they are moved by the response and that the donators included someone on income support who sent £5 with an apology that they could not send more.

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