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 On top of that, only 7% of eyewear donated to charity ends up actually being usable. Emily Farra, Vogue, "New Decade, New Closet: Here’s What to Do With Those Items You Can’t Sell or Donate, From Bras to Sunglasses," 9 Jan. 2020 After Sarah’s kidney donation from their father rejected, Ian donated his kidney to her back in 2017. Seventeen, "Here's What You Need To Know About Sarah Hyland's Parents and Brother," 7 Jan. 2020 Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have donated half a million dollars to help fight the ongoing bushfires raging through Australia. Alejandra Salazar,, "Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban Donate $500,000 USD To Australian Fire Relief As Their Home Falls Under Threat," 6 Jan. 2020 An international pharmaceutical company, Merck & Co., donates the medicine to treat river-blindness, an affliction that is one of the two largest causes of preventable loss of sight. Tom Campbell, Orange County Register, "Celebrating the good things that happened in 2019: Tom Campbell," 31 Dec. 2019 For every post using #oneforyearone, @LittleSpoon will donate to @EveryMomCounts. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Daniela Ruah Posted a Candid Message About Motherhood," 29 Dec. 2019 Choose from patterns inspired by indigenous art and weavings, and know your purchase is also doing good for indigenous communities: 10% of sales from this product will be donated to Spirit Horse Nation and the Lakota Way Healing Center. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Get cozy with a discounted sherpa blanket from this Faherty Brand flash sale," 11 Dec. 2019 As of Tuesday, people had donated more than $92,000. oregonlive, "“She was telling us she was in danger.” Arrests, thwarted gun purchase presaged Vancouver man’s fatal stalking of wife," 4 Dec. 2019 Approximately $1,500 will be donated back to community institutions. Sergio Carmona,, "Shabbat Project celebrated in South Florida with challah bakes," 22 Nov. 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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The first known use of donate was in 1785

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Donate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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