noun \dō-ˈnā-shən\

: something (such as money, food, clothes, etc.) that you give in order to help a person or organization

: something (such as blood or a body organ) that you give to a hospital or clinic so that it can be given to someone who needs it

Full Definition of DONATION

:  the act or an instance of donating: as
a :  the making of a gift especially to a charity or public institution
b :  a free contribution :  gift

Examples of DONATION

  1. The organization is funded by private donations.
  2. We are grateful for the donation of whatever you can afford to give.
  3. trying to encourage the donation of blood

Origin of DONATION

Middle English donatyowne, from Latin donation-, donatio, from donare to present, from donum gift; akin to Latin dare to give — more at date
First Known Use: 15th century


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