donate

verb
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 Bass said that people wanting to help the museum get back on its feet can donate through an online fundraising campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/f/museum-of-discovery-flood-damage-support. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, "Museum still assessing damage," 28 Feb. 2021 There are no limits to how much Shelby could donate to the Republican National Committee or Alabama or local party committees. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Shelby’s millions in campaign funds: How he can spend it before he retires," 26 Feb. 2021 While the Red Cross says people living with HIV should not donate blood, the bill would decriminalize such donations. Washington Post, "Virginia joins a movement to change state laws criminalizing HIV exposure," 26 Feb. 2021 For more information, to reserve your stay, or to donate to the prize pot, visit the resort's website or call 1-888-407-4869. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Here's How You Can Help Healthcare Workers Win a Free Trip to Mexico," 26 Feb. 2021 Liberal activists have honed intimidation campaigns, threatening boycotts and other actions against companies that advertise on disfavored platforms or donate to right-leaning groups. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "‘Just Asking’ for Censorship," 25 Feb. 2021 But one of President Biden's first acts after his inauguration was to announce that the country would now participate—and ultimately donate $4 billion to the global effort. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Ghana Received the First COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Through the COVAX Program," 24 Feb. 2021 Lake Mary High’s Rebecca Devor has set up funds to help the family with meals and other expenses, inviting people donate via Venmo under the user name @david-devor and PayPal under the user name @devorfamily. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake Mary assistant Adam Donnelly, wife struggling with COVID-19," 23 Feb. 2021 If that’s not enough incentive, new arrivals can also get a year of free cable and internet, several personal training and massage sessions or have the landlord donate $1,000 to a local charity on the tenant’s behalf. Los Angeles Times, "Cheaper rent in San Francisco? For some Oakland tenants, the city across the Bay is more affordable now," 22 Feb. 2021

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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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Last Updated

5 Mar 2021

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“Donate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/donate. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for donate

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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