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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Build-a-Bear will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots through December 9 in stores, and accepting monetary donations in stores and online through December 26. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Shop Build-a-Bear's "Buy 1, Gift 1" Event This Week and Help a Child in Need," 28 Nov. 2018 Humane Society of Ventura County: The organization is accepting donations to its general fund to help take care of animals being housed in its shelters because of the fires. Maggie Mallon, Glamour, "Here's How You Can Help Victims of the California Wildfires," 12 Nov. 2018 Operating in dozens of states, VVA accepts donations of household items, as well as small furniture and appliances. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Where to donate furniture and household items," 8 Nov. 2018 According to Taste of Country, the local shop will also set up a toy aisle during the holiday season and will accept donations for new, unopened toys year-round. Fox News, "Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams to open free grocery store in Nashville," 3 Oct. 2018 Organizations accepting donations for victims and their families include the Hellenic Red Cross and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Wildfires in Greece Kill Dozens Near Athens," 25 July 2018 Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's School, 461 Alling St., Kensington, CT 06037 or to the Berlin Senior Center, 33 Colonial Dr., Berlin, CT 06037. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Mary A. Simcik," 13 July 2018 The charity shop is open to the public and accepts dress donations. Morgan Hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "Curing the flu, wedding dresses for soldiers, and food for the elderly," 13 July 2018 The program accepts donations via the zoo's website ; via mail, making checks payable to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation at 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124, or by email to donations@mnzoo.org. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's most endangered species nears extinction in Oakland County," 13 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 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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