Definition of donate
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
: to make a donation
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.
Recent Examples of donate from the Web
Hundreds of new Vivian Maier prints donated to U. of C. * Kris Bryant sprains itty bitty pinky finger.
This giant obelisk, perhaps the Ethiopian capital’s finest piece of public art, was donated by Josip Tito, then president of Yugoslavia, in 1955.
The coordinating committee also sold food at the event, and offered a raffle, which consisted of items donated by the vendors.
The same Balmain gown that once left Kylie in major pain. Donating the gown to the museum actually makes perfect sense as the wax figure won't ever be in danger of bleeding from the dress's sharp edges.
Naperville Jaycees have donated $200,000 of the $400,000 price tag to secure park naming rights.
Gov. Eric Greitens’ nonprofit just donated $250,000 to a political action committee working to protect Missouri’s right-to-work law.
But sugary baked goods can’t be composted, Floros said, and the Food Bank’s nutrition policy prevents it from giving clients the many sheet cakes, pies and other sweets that are donated.
About 16 of the company’s 22 employees are North Miami residents, and the shop has donated to community bike rides, coffee with the cops and other city events.
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Origin and Etymology of donate
back-formation from donation
First Known Use: 1785See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of donate
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
Definition of donate for Students
: to give as a way of helping people in need donate money donate blood
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