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 If Boughton didn't respond, Oliver threatened to donate the money to neighboring towns. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "John Oliver may get his sewage plant honor ... or he'll settle for a port-a-potty," 6 Sep. 2020 Oliver had threatened to donate the money to rival towns if Boughton did not respond to his offer. Alexa Philippou,, "Danbury mayor accepts HBO host John Oliver’s proposal to rename sewage plant after him, with one condition," 6 Sep. 2020 In order to continue to donate money this year, the Rotary Club of Brunswick still needs to have fundraisers. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "People open their hearts and wallets to help shoe repair shop: Whit & Whimsey," 4 Sep. 2020 Some wanted to donate money, or even a burial plot. Tim Prudente,, "Writer Dorothy Parker’s ashes exhumed from longtime Baltimore resting place. But moved where?," 4 Sep. 2020 The best course of action, according to people who research natural disaster responses, is to donate money, not things—and to send that money to local organizations rather than large non-profits. Popular Science, "Hurricane Laura is the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in more than a century," 27 Aug. 2020 The campaign gives people options to send emails, sign a petition calling for the officers involved to be fired and donate money. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "On her 28th birthday, Demi Lovato says to do 'your part' for Breonna Taylor," 20 Aug. 2020 Fans also were offered the option to donate the money to the athletic department or roll it into a season ticket purchase for the following season. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs seek patience from football season ticket holders," 20 Aug. 2020 One challenge is that because Lebanon is divided along sectarian and political lines, some are reluctant to donate money through the government or certain groups. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroiters helping Lebanon with millions of dollars in equipment, supplies," 15 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'donate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Donate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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