verb do·nate \ ˈdō-ˌnāt , dō-ˈ \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of donate

donated; donating
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
intransitive verb
:to make a donation

Examples of donate in a Sentence

  1. The computers were donated by local companies.

  2. We donated our old clothes to charity.

  3. people who donate money to political candidates

  4. He donates some of his free time to volunteer work.

  5. Everyone is encouraged to donate.

  6. People are encouraged to donate blood.

  7. Please sign this form if you would like to donate your organs when you die.

  8. You can donate at the blood bank every eight weeks.

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Origin and Etymology of donate

back-formation from donation

Synonym Discussion of 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

DONATE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of donate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb do·nate \ ˈdō-ˌnāt \

Definition of donate for Students

donated; donating
:to give as a way of helping people in need
  • donate money
  • donate blood

Law Dictionary


verb do·nate

legal Definition of donate

donated; donating
transitive verb
:to transfer by a gift or donation
intransitive verb
:to make a donation — compare give, sell

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