noun do·na·tion \ dō-ˈnā-shən \
Updated on: 11 Mar 2018

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

Examples of donation in a Sentence

  1. The organization is funded by private donations.

  2. We are grateful for the donation of whatever you can afford to give.

  3. trying to encourage the donation of blood

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Origin and Etymology of donation

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

DONATION Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of donation for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun do·na·tion \ dō-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of donation for Students

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

Law Dictionary


noun do·na·tion

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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