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
In April, Trump said his $78,333 paycheck would be donated to the National Park Service.
A portion of those funds will be donated to San Diego Council on Literacy.
Founded in 1869 by a Roman noble family to treat poor children, Bambino Gesu was donated to the Vatican in 1924 and has grown to become the main pediatric hospital serving southern Italy.
They are all greatly appreciated, used as a resource and eventually donated to Special Collections at the Glendale Public Library.
Documents obtained by the Guardian show Sekulow that month approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60m to Sekulow, his family and their businesses.
Readers donated more than $200,000 a year, for a total of more than $600,000.
Dave tells us the money raised is donated to troops.
Now, they have been donated to the Key Lab of Insect Evolution and Environmental Change in Beijing.
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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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