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 actress is now urging all who can help, to donate to the recovery efforts for the wildfire, including KNP Complex Fire Recovery Fund for the Sequoia National Park. Karleigh Smith,, 22 Sep. 2021 To donate and to follow her progress during the swim, visit, 21 Sep. 2021 Robinson’s father has organized at least three searches in an effort to find his son, and invited volunteers to join him or to donate to a GoFundMe. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2021 The administration is negotiating with Pfizer to buy an additional 500 million doses to donate globally, which would double the U.S. commitment to helping less-wealthy countries. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 20 Sep. 2021 Several important tax breaks are available for people willing to donate to charitable causes, including a couple of special provisions made available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 19 Sep. 2021 Frank has established a wish list for others to donate to Withrow and other schools, such as Western Hills, that have also received shoes from the program. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 17 Sep. 2021 Visit Scottish Rite online to donate or learn more. Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 Hernandez is asking local residents to donate unopened or open packages of diapers in all sizes, baby wipes and diaper bags during the drive. Beacon-news Staff,, 17 Sep. 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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25 Sep 2021

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“Donate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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