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

Richt and his wife Katharyn donated $1 million toward the construction of Miami’s Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility, which is set to open later this summer. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "UM's Mark Richt earns spot on Dodd Trophy watch list for second straight year," 11 July 2018 Buy Photo A Philadelphia philanthropic couple donated $5 million to Wills Eye Hospital, on top of a previous $2 million gift in 2015, to further vision research, the hospital announced Thursday. Mary Bernard,, "Wills Eye Hospital receives $5 million gift from Farbers," 5 July 2018 That agreement was updated this spring after Rich and Nancy Kinder donated $70 million to the renovation effort. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Paid parking coming to parts of Memorial Park," 29 June 2018 The California Teachers Association donated $1 million to the gubernatorial campaign of Lt., "Unions brace for loss of members and fees in wake of Supreme Court ruling," 28 June 2018 For example, firms doing collections work for DeWine donated $3.2 million to the Ohio Republican Party’s state candidate fund between 2010 and 2017. James Mcnair,, "Mike DeWine contributors get big contracts from Ohio Attorney General's Office," 25 June 2018 Tom Steyer, who is funding an initiative to impeach President Donald Trump, has donated at least $29 million to Democratic midterm election push. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Michael Bloomberg reportedly committing $80M to Democrats for midterms," 22 June 2018 The couple donated $2 million to the center in 2012. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Three Maryland universities to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degrees," 22 June 2018 Kubly recently donated $1 million to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for mental health research and education for veterans. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Milwaukee receives $1 million for military and veterans mental health research and programming," 22 June 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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Phrases Related to donate

donate/give blood

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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


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

Kids Definition of donate

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


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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evasion of direct action or statement

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