donate

verb
do·​nate | \ˈdō-ˌnāt, dō-ˈ\
donated; donating

Definition of donate 

transitive verb

1 : to make a gift of especially : to contribute to a public or charitable cause

2 : to transfer (a particle, such as an electron) to another atom or molecule

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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

Examples of donate in a Sentence

The computers were donated by local companies. We donated our old clothes to charity. people who donate money to political candidates He donates some of his free time to volunteer work. Everyone is encouraged to donate. People are encouraged to donate blood. Please sign this form if you would like to donate your organs when you die. You can donate at the blood bank every eight weeks.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The growing audio and music portion of the Internet Archive covers radio news, podcasting, and physical media (like a collection of 200,000 78s recently donated by the Boston Library). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”," 7 Oct. 2018 But the Beavers’ facilities are still overshadowed by the space-age sports monoliths at nearby Oregon donated by alumnus and Nike co-founder Phil Knight. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "The Other OSU Aims for Turnaround," 31 Aug. 2018 Many of the shoes distributed were donated anonymously by musicians and athletes. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Vic Mensa Gave Away 10,000 Shoes During an Anti-Bait Truck Event in Chicago," 28 Aug. 2018 We reporters and bloggers eat family style, at a long table chosen and donated by Rachael Ray (and her decorator). Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018 These were donated by her family members as a way of showing current students the simple, yet revealing way a teacher taught about the environment, seasons and historic events. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 The town's mayor, Ann Murphy, explained the mysterious parallel universe with an official proclamation: Kraft Foods had agreed to donate more than $15,000 to municipal beautification projects in exchange for the renaming. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Mayo, Florida Was Just Renamed for a Different Condiment," 24 Sep. 2018 But in 2013, his campaign treasurer and a fund-raiser were convicted in a straw-donor scheme that allowed other backers of Mr. Liu to donate more than the maximum contribution allowed by city law. New York Times, "John Liu Plots a Comeback Trail, Targeting a Renegade Democrat," 13 July 2018 Anyone who cannot adopt is encouraged to donate supplies to the shelters, including newspapers, puppy pads, food and toys. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Pets continue to flood Arizona animal shelters following monsoon storms," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of donate

1785, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for donate

back-formation from donation

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30 Nov 2018

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The first known use of donate was in 1785

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donate

verb

English Language Learners 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

donate

verb
do·​nate | \ˈdō-ˌnāt \
donated; donating

Kids Definition of donate

: to give as a way of helping people in need donate money donate blood

donate

verb
do·​nate
donated; donating

Legal Definition of donate 

transitive verb

: to transfer by a gift or donation

intransitive verb

: to make a donation — compare give, sell

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