Definition of donate
1 : to make a gift of; especially : to contribute to a public or charitable cause
2 : to transfer (as electrons) to another atom or molecule
: to make a donation
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.
Origin and Etymology of donate
back-formation from donation
First Known Use: 1785
Synonym Discussion of donate
DONATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of donate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of donate for Students
: to give as a way of helping people in need <donate money> <donate blood>
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