donate

verb
do·​nate | \ ˈdō-ˌnāt , 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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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

Cooperman, 55, opts for B12, vitamin D in the winter, and iron after donating blood. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 Two days after the blast, dozens of people were lining up to donate blood for the wounded. The Christian Science Monitor, "Is love a winning message for Ethiopia?," 25 June 2018 Banks, too, has donated to numerous Democratic causes, including Obama, Clinton and Baldwin. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Kavanaugh accusers enlist high-powered lawyers, Dem operatives," 24 Sep. 2018 Since it was founded in 2003, Good Sports has donated more $39 million worth of new gear to more than 6 million underprivileged kids across all 50 states, according to their website. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Ways to Use Your Love of Fitness to Do Good on Giving Tuesday or Any Day," 27 Nov. 2018 The company has donated seven machines and about a dozen workers to the effort. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "‘We need hundreds’: Fire victims’ families urged to give DNA," 21 Nov. 2018 Walmart’s PAC has donated more than $2 million to other PACs and candidates for this election season, 51 percent of which has gone to Republican-affiliated groups and nominees, and 40 percent to Democrats. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Cindy Hyde-Smith called for a “front row” seat at a lynching. Now donors want their money back.," 20 Nov. 2018 All had donated to Democratic causes, and some directly to Obama's campaign. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Elvis and Babe Ruth Among Trump's Honorees for the 2018 Presidential Medal of Freedom," 16 Nov. 2018 Since launching in 2014, Service has donated over $80,000 to charities that support servicemen and first responders. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 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 \
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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