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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Recent Examples on the Web

The retailer accepts donations at its stores and through neighborhood truck collections. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Fast fashion fuels sustainable-apparel movement," 11 July 2018 Hood is still accepting donations to his cause at app.mobilecause.com/form/hgmoEg. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "A fitness instructor from Aurora has set 2 world records for planking," 30 June 2018 Two organizations hosting immigrant children who have been separated from their parents are accepting donations. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "Nail polish, Legos, coloring books: Chicago shelters hosting immigrant children ask for donations and volunteers," 29 June 2018 Boxcar Betty’s will also be accepting donations all day. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Free sandwiches at Boxcar Betty's for National Fried Chicken Day," 28 June 2018 Ocasio-Cortez is a card-carrying Democratic Socialist, and ran a campaign entirely without accepting corporate donations. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Victory Is a Big Deal," 27 June 2018 Labor has voluntarily refused to accept foreign donations. Rod Mcguirk, The Christian Science Monitor, "Australia approves bill to make foreign influence on politics more transparent," 26 June 2018 The letter falsely indicated that no goods or services were exchanged for the donation, according to an FBI affidavit. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Two Parents in College-Admissions Scheme Indicted on New Charge," 26 Mar. 2019 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John’s memory be made to the American Cancer Society or the East Alabama Food Bank. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/9," 9 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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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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Britannica English: Translation of donation for Arabic Speakers

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