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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General manager Reid Reker says the company is providing the warnings as a donation to the community in the interest of public safety. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 Good thing: Mark Driscoll, the Hamilton’s managing director, interrupted the party to present Biden’s nonprofit with a $15,000 donation. Washington Post, "The Hamilton Hotel shows off its rebooted restaurants and Ashley Biden-designed uniforms," 12 June 2019 The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to your favorite pet charity. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/12," 12 June 2019 The Cal football program received a seven-figure donation from alumnus Aaron Rodgers, the school announced Tuesday. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Aaron Rodgers Makes Major Donation to Cal's Football Program For New Locker Room," 11 June 2019 The company had already been wooing the administration, starting with a $250,000 donation to the Trump inaugural committee. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In," 5 June 2019 Milwaukee County Parks Executive Director Guy Smith gave the initiative a $10,000 donation on behalf of the Parks Department. Jack Mccordick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'From A to Z': Plan unveiled to make Bradford Beach more accessible to people with disabilities," 3 June 2019 Instead of paying for a ticket, the exhibit requests a donation to Gaga’s Born This Way foundation. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Has A New Fashion Exhibit in Las Vegas," 30 May 2019 Hyde-Smith’s Senate campaign also received a $5,000 donation from Google, according to FED documents. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Cindy Hyde-Smith called for a “front row” seat at a lynching. Now donors want their money back.," 20 Nov. 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 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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