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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The show has not made a multi-million dollar charity donation offer to Meghan to return for a cameo. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "'Suits' Insiders Have Addressed the Rumors of Meghan Markle's Return to the Show," 8 Jan. 2019 Many new members have also stood out for their support of working people, rejecting corporate donations and campaigning on issues like Medicare for All, free college tuition, and paid parental leave. Bridget Read, Vogue, "The Most Diverse Congress Ever—With 131 Women—Is Sworn In," 3 Jan. 2019 Blood donation remains one of the easiest ways a person can save another's life. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Different Blood Types Mean (And How To Find Out Yours)," 28 Dec. 2018 Brandy still receives weekly gown donations in memory of her daughter. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to My People Senior Activity Center in Floyd's hometown. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Dolly Parton's Youngest Brother Floyd Parton Has Died at 61," 11 Dec. 2018 There was of course pain, discomfort, and some trepidation throughout the entire donation process, with some of those physical symptoms lasting a couple of months afterwards. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 Private donations cannot and should not make up for the lack of government support. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg Is Donating $1.8 Billion to Fund Scholarships at Johns Hopkins," 19 Nov. 2018 Both GoFundMe and Google are collecting donations to help those affected by the wildfires. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Here's What You Can Do To Help People Who Have Lost Their Homes In The California Wildfires," 12 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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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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