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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Sonic Drive-In will match 50% of each donation to teachers’ requests on, a national nonprofit that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom requests submitted by teachers. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 The site allows users to donate a set amount of money every month, which could work well for filmmakers who are planning to make a series of short films. Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 The government’s official crypto donation page allows people to donate in at least 16 cryptocurrencies. Fortune, 19 Apr. 2022 Detroit City Council is allowing the Detroit Police Department to donate used body armor to Ukrainian soldiers to defend themselves against Russia’s military attacks. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2022 The therapy Seres is developing is not about fecal transplants, which is another reason for people to donate stool. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2022 At the Givenchy show, a note left on every seat stated that the brand had made a donation to the Ukrainian Red Cross and offered a QR code for guests to donate, too. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 People can donate to other causes; there will be many, many times ahead when support will be needed for millions of refugees. Franz Nicolay, SPIN, 8 Mar. 2022 Several airlines in the United States have stepped up to support relief efforts in Ukraine, donating money and allowing customers to donate their frequent flier miles. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Donate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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


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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