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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Library overdue fines will be reduced by $1 for every item of food donated at the library’s circulation department, 1600 Hampton Road, Rocky River. Carol Kovach,, "‘Cahoon in June’ festivities mark 50 years in Bay Village: West Shore Chatter," 11 June 2019 Four new statues, along with two originally cast for display at SeaWorld San Antonio and then donated to the city and placed at the Convention Center, were installed at the Alamo in April as part of the trail. Scott Huddleston,, "Roosevelt statue now part of Alamo Plaza," 11 June 2019 He was headed to Mass. General, one of several medical facilities in the United States and Dominican Republic that have received millions of dollars to help critically ill children donated through the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. Travis Andersen,, "Wife of David Ortiz says he’s ‘resting comfortably’ at MGH after second surgery," 11 June 2019 So, Muriel’s Restaurant donated space to host a fundraiser to help the Chase family repair and reopen. Ann Maloney,, "Chase, Prudhomme, Clevenger share a laugh in ’06: Vintage," 11 June 2019 The teen was inspired to create the program after hearing about a similar one in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and his mother donated $70,000 to buy a van and pay crews. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Program hiring homeless for tash pickup expands," 11 June 2019 The village has operated as a non-profit charity organization since 1985, donating most of its revenue to local youth organizations and Michigan food pantries. Christopher Borrelli,, "The country’s second-largest haunted house trade show is in Schaumburg. Where else will you find a 465-pound headless corpse?," 10 June 2019 His family suggested donations of sympathy be donated to Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, StageOne Family Theatre or Acting Against Cancer, according to Jones' obituary, published in the Courier Journal on May 12. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "'He was one in a million': Arts community remembers Louisville Ballet's Alun Jones," 7 June 2019 Laura Dudnick, a spokeswoman for the school district, said the district is bound by the California education code that requires teachers to pay for their own subs for 100 days before using donated sick days from their colleagues. Heather Knight,, "‘It’s so crazy:’ Lowell teacher docked pay while undergoing liver transplant," 7 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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