do·​nate | \ ˈdō-ˌnāt How to pronounce donate (audio) , dō-ˈnāt \
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 Even after donating $1 million to the House Republican Campaign Committee, the House Speaker’s committee still had $1.1 million on hand headed into 2020. cleveland, "Helium, honey, hair products: Ohio pols’ odd campaign expenses," 6 Feb. 2020 The aerospace giant saw an opportunity to stoke an early passion for flying, and joined Zieba's quest by donating two flight simulators, usually reserved for professional pilots, to the local school district. CBS News, "Struggling California town sees opportunity in looming airline pilot shortage," 5 Feb. 2020 After donating, you’ll be paid through the BioLife Debit Card. Dallas News, "The Power of Plasma: How Your Plasma Can Make a Difference," 5 Feb. 2020 Those interested in donating can go to Kaitlin Reilly,, "Vanessa Bryant Breaks Silence On Instagram," 30 Jan. 2020 Casinos are prohibited from donating to Indiana political campaigns. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Spectacle Entertainment's Vigo County casino in jeopardy due to federal probe," 24 Jan. 2020 Bondi was involved in a Trump Foundation controversy after the charity was forced to pay a penalty for donating to a campaign group connected to Bondi. NBC News, "Meet Trump's legal team for the impeachment trial," 17 Jan. 2020 Lawyers for Weinstein, for example, did a lot of smearing of his accuser in the Gutierrez case and a lot of donating to Vance’s campaigns. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Ronan Farrow on What the Harvey Weinstein Trial Could Mean for the #MeToo Movement," 13 Jan. 2020 Taiwanese have also supported the protesters in Hong Kong by donating supplies such as helmets and gas masks. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Hong Kongers hungry for democracy are traveling to Taiwan’s elections for a taste of it," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of donate was in 1785

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9 Feb 2020

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“Donate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce donate (audio) \
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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