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donate

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verb do·nate \ˈdō-ˌnāt, dō-ˈ\

Simple Definition of donate

  • : to give (money, food, clothes, etc.) in order to help a person or organization

  • : to give (blood, a body organ, etc.) to a hospital or other medical organization so that it can be given to someone who needs it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of donate

donated

donating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a gift of; especially :  to contribute to a public or charitable cause

  3. 2 :  to transfer (as electrons) to another atom or molecule

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a donation

Examples of donate in a sentence

  1. The computers were donated by local companies.

  2. We donated our old clothes to charity.

  3. people who donate money to political candidates

  4. He donates some of his free time to volunteer work.

  5. Everyone is encouraged to donate.

  6. People are encouraged to donate blood.

  7. Please sign this form if you would like to donate your organs when you die.

  8. You can donate at the blood bank every eight weeks.



Origin and Etymology of donate

back-formation from donation


First Known Use: 1785

Synonym Discussion of donate

give, present, donate, bestow, confer, afford mean to convey to another as a possession. give, the general term, is applicable to any passing over of anything by any means <give alms> <gave her a ride on a pony> <give my love to your mother>. present carries a note of formality and ceremony <present an award>. donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity) <donate a piano to the orphanage>. bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver <bestow unwanted advice>. confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor) <confer an honorary degree>. afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver <the trees afford shade> <a development that affords us some hope>.

Rhymes with donate

abate, ablate, adnate, aerate, age-mate, agnate, airdate, airfreight, alate, arête, await, backdate, baldpate, bandmate, baseplate, bedmate, bedplate, berate, birthrate, bistate, bite plate, blank slate, blind date, blue plate, bookplate, breastplate, casemate, castrate, caudate, cell plate, cerate, cheapskate, checkmate, chelate, chordate, citrate, classmate, clavate, cognate, collate, comate, conflate, connate, Cook Strait, cordate, create, cremate, crenate, curate, cut-rate, deadweight, death rate, debate, deflate, delate, dentate, derate, dictate, dilate, disrate, doorplate, downstate, drawplate, elate, end plate, equate, estate, faceplate, falcate, fellate, filtrate, first-rate, fishplate, fixate, flatmate, floodgate, fluxgate, flyweight, folate, formate, frustrate, gelate, gestate, ground state, gyrate, hamate, hastate, headgate, Hell Gate, helpmate, home plate, hot plate, housemate, hydrate, ice-skate, inflate, ingrate, inmate, innate, instate, irate, jailbait, Kuwait, lactate, lapse rate, legate, liftgate, ligate, lightweight, liquate, lobate, locate, lunate, lustrate, lych-gate, lyrate, magnate, makebate, makeweight, mandate, messmate, migrate, misstate, mutate, nameplate, narrate, negate, Newgate, nitrate, notate, nutate, oblate, of late, orate, ornate, ovate, palmate, palpate, peltate, phonate, pinnate, placate, playdate, playmate, plicate, portrait, postdate, predate, prime rate, probate, prolate, pronate, prorate, prostate, prostrate, punctate, pupate, quadrate, rain date, ramate, rebate, red-bait, relate, restate, roommate, rostrate, rotate, saccate, schoolmate, seatmate, sedate, sensate, septate, serrate, shipmate, short weight, slave state, soleplate, soul mate, spectate, spicate, squamate, stagnate, stalemate, stellate, striate, sublate, substrate, sulcate, summate, tailgate, teammate, Tebet, tenth-rate, ternate, terneplate, testate, third-rate, tinplate, to date, toeplate, tollgate, tractate, translate, tristate, truncate, unweight, update, uprate, upstate, V-8, vacate, vallate, valvate, vibrate, virgate, vulgate, whitebait, workmate



DONATE Defined for Kids

donate

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verb do·nate \ˈdō-ˌnāt\

Definition of donate for Students

donated

donating

  1. :  to give as a way of helping people in need <donate money> <donate blood>




Law Dictionary

donate

verb do·nate

Legal Definition of donate

donated

donating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to transfer by a gift or donation
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make a donation — compare give, sell





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