Definition of donate in English:


Syllabification: do·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈdōnāt, dōˈnāt


[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
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    • 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.
    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.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈdōnātər/
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  • 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.


late 18th century: back-formation from donation.

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