do·​nate | \ ˈdō-ˌnāt How to pronounce donate (audio) , dō-ˈ\
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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Of course, those who are able to support organizations are always encouraged to donate or volunteer and can do so 365 days a year. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "M.A.C. and Benefit Cosmetics Are Teaming Up to Support Planned Parenthood," 12 Mar. 2019 Veterans with war letters are encouraged to bring them to the event and donate them. Linda Mcintosh,, "Vista Boys & Girls Club gala raises $85K news," 11 July 2018 Though classmates conducted a fundraiser to pay for the trees, the village stepped in and donated them. Janice Neumann, Daily Southtown, "A school community comes together again to replace memorial tree, remember 'a good friend'," 26 June 2018 The backpacks will reportedly be distributed through Project Connect, a local initiative to provide donated school supplies to students in need. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Beloved Georgia Teacher’s Final Request Is Inspiring People All over the World," 25 June 2018 But instead of plastering it with images of glittery sunglasses or the words of artist Coco Capitán this time around, the brand has decided to donate its prime real estate to a good cause. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Here’s the Story Behind Gucci’s New Soho Mural," 22 June 2018 Carol Ahlschlager, vice president of the Second Century Fund (originally organized in 1998, to fund the earlier expansion), said that the group has continued to raise funds and donate them to the library's operations over the past two decades. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Library Renovations Discussed," 21 June 2018 The new Dunkin Donuts at 1169 Dundee Ave. donated $500, Blain’s Farm and Fleet contributed $300 plus discounted the cost of combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and Ziegler’s Ace Hardware also discounted the purchase price of detectors. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 15 June 2018 After Steven said his mother would be interested in donating, Murphy offered to take the boy home. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Cary Stayner's Murders and His Brother Steven's Legacy," 25 Jan. 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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