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

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
Recent Examples on the Web And Miriam Adelson, a physician whose husband, Sheldon Adelson, was long one of the party’s most generous contributors until his death last year, made her first $5 million donation of the 2022 cycle this month. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Reserve your tickets online or by calling 860-871-8222 or make your donation at the door. Hartford Courant, 13 July 2022 This year, Nathan's Famous made its annual donation of 100,000 hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York City. Antonia Debianchi,, 4 July 2022 His rare blood type means his donation could benefit someone who might have difficulty finding a match. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 July 2022 The evaluation found Gonzales has a rare blood type, meaning his donation could benefit someone who might have difficulty finding a match. Fox News, 3 July 2022 Her latest donation went to Yesli Vega, a former police officer and county supervisor running in Virginia. Zach Everson, Forbes, 28 June 2022 From its donation to the U.S. government in 1887, the campus has treated and housed veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Doug Smithsenior Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2022 Live Nation will match her donation, making the total sum $1 million. Carson Burton, Variety, 25 June 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Donation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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



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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