donate

verb
do·​nate | \ ˈdō-ˌnāt How to pronounce donate (audio) , 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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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

Much like all of Westward Leaning's design collaborations, the Olivia Palermo collection will donate a portion of proceeds to a charity cause. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Olivia Palermo Designed a Collection to Save Us From the Tiny Sunglasses Trend," 12 Mar. 2019 Judi stresses that there are two very important people who make their program a success: the seamstresses and the people who donate their wedding dresses. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 Hartford Baking Company will donate 25 percent of sales at both locations Wednesday to benefit immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "Hartford Baking Company To Raise Money For Families Separated At Border," 10 July 2018 By law, contributors outside a candidate's family can donate up to $1,100. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "At last, some answers about Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor's campaign finances," 8 July 2018 As part of #SNHUGoals, for every RT of this goal, @SNHU will donate $1 to @The_USO. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Adama Diomande hat trick sinks Union in 4-1 loss at LAFC," 30 June 2018 In addition, the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Village West, 10770 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan., will donate half of its sales from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to the King and Rohrer families. Robert A. Cronkleton, Glenn E. Rice, Ian Cummings, Katie Bernard And Lauren Fox, kansascity, "Scenes from Wyandotte County's tribute to slain KCK deputies," 21 June 2018 Segal, who recently donated his papers and artifacts to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, also claimed that the host of a CBS dance show had kicked him out after seeing him dance with a male partner. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civility," 10 July 2018 One car and one pickup were not sold, however, and the city was asked to donate them. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Trash Toters distribution costs Aberdeen more than expected," 28 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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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 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

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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