donate

verb
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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Most of them were donated to state parks, with a couple of them planted near the employee parking lot. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Spruced up: Twins try juniper plants for CF backdrop," 25 Mar. 2019 Ten percent of profits from the Olivia Palermo x Westward Leaning collection will be donated to the cause. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Olivia Palermo Designed a Collection to Save Us From the Tiny Sunglasses Trend," 12 Mar. 2019 Plus, all Clothing Swap leftovers are donated to charities that will use the clothing. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?," 14 Feb. 2019 According toThe Mirror, the dress was donated to a secondhand store in Hereford by the housekeeper of Mynde Park estate, where Diana's close friend Caroline Twiston-Davies lived. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "A Princess Diana Dress That Was Bought Used for £200 in 1994 Is Now On Sale for £100K," 2 Dec. 2018 Furniture and decor AHAlife: Take 20 percent off sitewide with code KARMA—$5 from every purchase will be donated to the California Fire Foundation to benefit victims of wildfire in California. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals on furniture, bedding, and more," 24 Nov. 2018 Some of the kale, tomatoes and other produce is donated to food pantries and some is sold at a farmers market the hospital runs on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.—the most popular interval for patient discharges. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Take Two Aspirin—and a Serving of Kale," 22 Oct. 2018 Plus, 10 percent of profits are donated to veteran organizations. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 One dollar from every Magical Dining Month meal will be donated to Best Buddies and The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magical Dining Month menus for 2018 revealed," 12 July 2018

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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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18 May 2019

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The first known use of donate was in 1785

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donate

verb

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

donate

verb
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

donate

verb
do·​nate
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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