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 Sondland is a Trump-lite figure who made a fortune in hotels and donated a million dollars to Trump’s inaugural committee before the President appointed him to the ambassadorship. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Gordon Sondland’s Impeachment Testimony for the Ages," 24 Nov. 2019 Wiseman now has to miss a bunch of games and donate all that money, which the NCAA figured covered the expenses of his move. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "Why would any great players like James Wiseman even want to play college hoops?," 21 Nov. 2019 Just consider a new report from Bloomberg that detailed how Silicon Valley is getting behind Buttigieg in a major way, donating to him over Biden by a ratio of five to one. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 Presidential Campaign Is a Lesson in “Petey” Bourgeois Politics," 21 Nov. 2019 In fact, so inspired by Harry’s efforts, a group of Sussex supporters have launched a grassroots campaign that aims to see 10,000 trees planted and donated around the world in Harry’s, Meghan’s, and Archie’s names. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sussex Fans Launch Touching Campaign to Plant 10,000 Trees in Harry’s and Meghan’s Names," 20 Nov. 2019 After that, it'll be taken down and donated to Habitat for Humanity. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The 2019 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Will Be Totally Different This Year," 16 Nov. 2019 Merck has been donating the vaccine that is being used and will continue to do so for some time to come. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Ebola vaccine approved in Europe in landmark moment in fight against a deadly disease," 11 Nov. 2019 Other behind-the-scenes actions at Hilton include composting, sourcing food locally, donating what’s still safe to eat, and finding novel uses for waste. Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Biggest Hotel Chains Are Turning Their Attention to Food Waste," 6 Nov. 2019 Sources said that Gilbert's Bedrock real estate firm will be the project's developer, with Gilbert and Ross each donating significant sums to help finance the deal. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan plans $300M-plus 'innovation center' at failed jail site," 29 Oct. 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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30 Nov 2019

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“Donate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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