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 Gilead, the company that makes remdesivir, donated supplies of the drug, which exists only as an intravenous treatment, to the US Department of Health and Human Services for distribution. Elizabeth Cohen, Arman Azad And Betsy Klein, CNN, "California tells hospitals to consider having a lottery for sought-after Covid-19 drug," 14 May 2020 Dallas Container Corporation donated 5,000 boxes for packaging the meals and is now selling them to Cafe Momentum at cost, an offer that’s saved $22,000 so far. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Cafe Momentum expands its free-meal program to serve Dallas ISD and other nonprofits," 13 May 2020 The band is donating all of the revenue from the song to struggling local venue X-Ray Arcade. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From albums to videos, how Milwaukee musicians are using their creativity to address the coronavirus pandemic," 13 May 2020 But as people have begun to recover, thousands have donated blood plasma, which public health officials believe may be used to help treat people suffering from Covid-19. Liam Stack, New York Times, "Hasidic Jews, Hit Hard by the Outbreak, Flock to Donate Plasma," 12 May 2020 Any load booked between May 11-17, TQL will donate a portion of each load to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the USO. Sierra Newton,, "Heart Land: St. Xavier teen enjoys giVING much-needed money to his rowing coach," 12 May 2020 Remdesivir, an experimental drug developed through research mainly conducted at UAB, was donated by drug maker Gilead Sciences to the federal government and was received in Alabama on Tuesday. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Alabama secures experimental drug for hospitalized COVID-19 patients," 12 May 2020 Under Cohen, the Coyotes donated a record $3.4 million to the Arizona community during the 2018-19 season. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes, team president Ahron Cohen have parted ways," 12 May 2020 Complete with a 10-year warranty, free no-contact delivery and a 100-night trial, the company also donates one mattress to families in need for every 10 sold. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "13 major mattress sales you can shop ahead of Memorial Day," 12 May 2020

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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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17 May 2020

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“Donate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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