Definition of donate in English:

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Pronunciation: /də(ʊ)ˈneɪt/


[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, make a gift of, contribute, make a contribution of, present, gift, subscribe, hand out, grant, bestow, pledge, put oneself down for, put up, come up with, accord;
provide, supply, furnish;
endow someone with, confer on someone
informal chip in, pitch in, fork out, dish out, shell out, cough up
British informal stump up
North American informal kick in, ante up, pony up
1.1Allow the removal of (blood or an organ) from one’s body for transplantation, transfusion, or research: (as adjective donated) all donated blood is tested for antibodies
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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.
1.2 Chemistry & Physics Provide or contribute (electrons or protons).
Example sentences
  • The acidity of a substance is determined by how readily it donates hydrogen ions or protons.
  • In many cases, Lewis's octet rule is followed by taking one or more electrons from one atom to form a cation and donating the electron or electrons to another atom to form an anion.
  • The reducing agent causes the reduction of an atom by donating an electron and is itself oxidized.



Pronunciation: /də(ʊ)ˈneɪtə/
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.


Late 18th century: back-formation from donation.

Words that rhyme with donate

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