donation

noun
do·​na·​tion | \ dō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce donation (audio) \

Definition of donation

: the act or an instance of donating: such as
a : the making of a gift especially to a charity or public institution
b : a free contribution : gift

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Examples of donation in a Sentence

The organization is funded by private donations. We are grateful for the donation of whatever you can afford to give. trying to encourage the donation of blood
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When the night was done — which Baldwin agreed to participate in for a million-dollar donation to the charity Exploring the Arts — taboos were left curled up in the fetal position, sobbing uncontrollably. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "The 23 most brutal jokes from the Roast of Alec Baldwin," 16 Sep. 2019 Advance ticket purchase is required for a donation of $75; proceeds support Carlsbad libraries. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Senior center recognizes residents older than 90," 16 Sep. 2019 In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Feed the Children, 333 North Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK, 73107. courant.com, "Lillian Tanguay," 15 Sep. 2019 Westhope Senior Activities Center: Come for family-style lunch Mondays at noon; a small donation is requested. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "West Valley calendar of events for the week of Sept. 21," 15 Sep. 2019 The dispute comes one week after John Schnatter, the pizza chain's founder and former CEO, gave the school a $1 million donation. Benjamin Tobin, USA TODAY, "Papa John's and Simmons College blame each other for pulling scholarships to 10 students," 13 Sep. 2019 Now, the YouTube star has stoked the internet's ire once again after announcing, then canceling, a donation to the Anti-Defamation League. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "YouTube star PewDiePie cancels a $50,000 donation to an anti-hate charity," 13 Sep. 2019 Her grand prize includes an appearance on the TODAY show, a year’s supply of dog food from PEDIGREE, and a $1,000 donation to the Keeshond Affiliated Rescuers of the Mid-Atlantic (KARMA). Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Meet Kasey! Puppy Mill Survivor and Winner of the World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest," 12 Sep. 2019 Within days, the fund topped its $100,000 goal with the help of donations of Florida fans and his former teammates. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "Former Raiders LB Neiron Ball Passes Away at 27 Years Old," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of donation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for donation

Middle English donatyowne, from Latin donation-, donatio, from donare to present, from donum gift; akin to Latin dare to give — more at date

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The first known use of donation was in the 15th century

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donation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of donation

: something (such as money, food, clothes, etc.) that you give in order to help a person or organization
: something (such as blood or a body organ) that you give to a hospital or clinic so that it can be given to someone who needs it

donation

noun
do·​na·​tion | \ dō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce donation (audio) \

Kids Definition of donation

: something given to help those in need a donation to charity

donation

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Legal Definition of donation

1 : the making of an especially charitable gift
2 in the civil law of Louisiana : a voluntary transfer of ownership of property from one person to another — compare sale
disguised donation
: a transfer of property (as a sale) that does not have a sufficient reciprocal consideration (as a proportional price) so that it is considered a gratuitous donation and must meet the statutory requirements for a donation (as a notarial act) to be valid

called also donation in disguise

— compare simulation
donation inter vivos \ -​ˌin-​tər-​ˈvī-​ˌvōs, -​ˌin-​ter-​ˈvē-​ˌvōs \
: a donation that transfers property owned by the donor and that takes effect upon the donee's acceptance — compare gift inter vivos at gift
donation mortis causa \ -​ˈmȯr-​tis-​ˈkȯ-​zə, -​ˈmȯr-​tēs-​ˈkau̇-​sä \
: a donation that is to take effect on the donor's death and that is revocable — compare gift causa mortis at gift
3 : something that is transferred by a donation

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