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

The Herald also reported that Epstein donated to the Clinton Foundation. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Who is Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire charged with sex trafficking girls as young as 14?," 8 July 2019 Atkins said children donate varying amounts with proceeds going to The 100 Club, a nonprofit that supports families of police officers who died in the line of duty. Rick Kambic,, "BoDeans to headline Vernon Hills Summer Celebration," 7 July 2019 Commonwealth's Attorney Cheryl Wilson said the suspect had donated plasma at the center in the past. CBS News, "Authorities identify man who stabbed 3 people at Virginia plasma center," 5 July 2019 Mosby said former Louisville players Deion Branch and Chris Redman will also be donating an unspecified amount toward funeral costs. Melanie Laughman,, "Donations continue as UK, NY Giants football star Jared Lorenzen's family receives $50,000," 2 July 2019 Mosby said former Louisville players Deion Branch and Chris Redman will also be donating an unspecified amount toward funeral costs. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville football players help pay for Jared Lorenzen's funeral," 2 July 2019 Ecommerce site Wayfair has announced that the company will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross following backlash from their employees. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Wayfair Donates $100K to Red Cross For Migrant Aid After Employee Walkout," 27 June 2019 The line of thinking behind serving alcohol at a fundraising event is obvious: Tipsy attendees might donate more money, Platz says. Maggie O'neill,, "Casual Alcohol Use Has Been Linked to Several Major Cancers—So Where's the Campaign?," 27 June 2019 The Trump Organization has said his D.C. hotel, the Trump International, is donating the profits from business from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Judge Allows Lawsuit by Democrats Against Trump to Proceed," 25 June 2019

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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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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


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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