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 To donate to the GoFundMe set up for Seipel’s trip, go here. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns fan Tom Seipel, battling kidney cancer and in hospice, gets one ‘last-ditch party,’ thanks to his fellow fans and Emily Mayfield," 3 Jan. 2021 Since the beginning of the pandemic, approximately 7 million Americans have enrolled in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP), and demand has increased sharply at organizations that donate meals. Julia Musto, Fox News, "More Americans shoplifting to survive coronavirus pandemic," 11 Dec. 2020 BarkBox is offering a limited edition Peanuts themed box and will donate $1 per box sold to St. Jude. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "20 retailers giving back to the community for Giving Tuesday," 1 Dec. 2020 Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson is teaming up with The Athlete's Corner to donate 100,000 meals to families in need this holiday season to help fight hunger in Detroit. Adrian Peterson, Detroit Free Press, "Adrian Peterson: Today on Thanksgiving, let's help fight hunger in Detroit," 27 Nov. 2020 For more details or to donate, go to Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Hennepin County backs Minnesota Central Kitchen as COVID-19 hunger crisis grows," 4 Nov. 2020 Reward members also can use a free drink refill credit for the purchase and Love’s will donate $1 on their behalf. Leada Gore |, al, "National Coffee Day 2020: Freebies, deals and discounts today from Dunkin’, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme," 29 Sep. 2020 And the more people who join in the better, since Artingstall’s will donate $1 for each viewer to Family Promise, an organization that helps families who are experiencing homelessness. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig Is Giving COVID Brides A Night of Celebration," 18 Sep. 2020 The supervisors — who make about $160,000 a year in salaries and benefits — were given the option to decline their increases or donate it to the city’s COVID-19 response and recovery fund, Give2SF. Trisha Thadani,, "S.F. mayor, supervisors forgo salary increases amid massive budget deficit," 23 Dec. 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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Last Updated

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Donate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 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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