donation

noun
do·na·tion | \dō-ˈnā-shən \

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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By her calculations, the average food truck meal costs $5 to $10 per person, meaning a $100 donation from a local organization looking to participate in Feast’s mission can feed 10 hungry members of the community. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Feast aims to improve Chicago's food deserts through community-focused music and arts," 12 July 2018 Cash and check donations are tax-deductible, Seifts said. Ramona Sentinel, "Vandals ransack classrooms at James Dukes Elementary School," 11 July 2018 The Greater Bel Air Foundation donation is intended to support this effort. The Aegis, "Pavilion installed at Shamrock Park, equipment improved," 13 July 2018 Where: Franklin Park, 4320 W. 15th St. Tickets: Free with food donations. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "The Feast festival offers a chance to binge on sounds, and help the city's food deserts," 12 July 2018 Disclosure: Joseph Kopser has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "As Trump backlash continues, STEM professionals in Texas run for office," 12 July 2018 In lieu of flowers, donations to Hadassah would be appreciated. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Irvin Krantz," 14 July 2018 In addition to ticket sales for the dinner itself, more than a thousand dollars in donations were received, and a silent auction raised almost $800. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Montpelier shindig raises repair money [South Laurel]," 12 July 2018 The Congressional Leadership Fund announced $51 million in donations in the quarter ended June 30. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of donation

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

donation

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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