donor

noun
do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər How to pronounce donor (audio) , -ˌnȯr\

Definition of donor

1 : one that gives, donates, or presents something
2 : one used as a source of biological material (such as blood or an organ)
3a : a compound capable of giving up a part (such as an atom, chemical group, or subatomic particle) for combination with an acceptor
b : an impurity added to a semiconductor to increase the number of mobile electrons

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Examples of donor in a Sentence

The money was raised from individual donors. She is one of the charity's major donors.

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The bribery indictment that this week swept up the chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party and an insurance tycoon who is the state’s largest political donor was sparked by a chance encounter at a gathering of state and federal officials. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "How Official’s Undercover Role Led to Charges Against Billionaire," 4 Apr. 2019 Most Read Business Stories The Sacklers are major donors to cultural institutions, and the family name is emblazoned on the walls at many of the world’s great museums and universities. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma," 27 Mar. 2019 Steyer and Fahr are the largest Democratic donors this cycle. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The 2018 Midterm Elections," 6 Nov. 2018 In 2006, ProPublica editor Daniel Golden stumbled on Kushner's admission while writing a book about how wealthy donors to elite colleges routinely get their kids into those schools who otherwise wouldn't make the cut. Bridget Read, Vogue, "People Are Talking About How Jared Kushner Got Into Harvard (Again)," 13 Mar. 2019 The announcement was made during a private retreat for wealthy donors who have committed to giving at least $100,000 annually to the sprawling Koch network of political, policy, educational and philanthropic organizations. Sally Ho, The Seattle Times, "Koch group touts education push on curriculum, technology," 28 Jan. 2019 President Trump’s funds came largely from wealthy donors and corporations who gave $1 million or more—including casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, AT&T Inc. and Boeing Co. , according to Federal Election Commission filings. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Trump Inauguration Spending Under Criminal Investigation by Federal Prosecutors," 13 Dec. 2018 People other than a handful of wealthy donors and producers might be able to have a say in what is funded. E.j. Roller, Vox, "We need to talk about how family money can make or break an arts career," 12 Nov. 2018 Conservative groups and wealthy Republican donors have helped bankroll the legal assault against fair share fees, culminating in Wednesday's ruling. Adam Ashton And Emily Cadei, sacbee, "'Fair share' union fees struck down, delivering blow to California labor," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of donor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for donor

Middle English donoure, from Anglo-French doneur, from Latin donator, from donare

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donor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of donor

: a person or group that gives something (such as money, food, or clothes) in order to help a person or organization
: a person who gives something (such as blood or a body organ) so that it can be given to someone who needs it

donor

noun
do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər How to pronounce donor (audio) \

Kids Definition of donor

: a person who donates

donor

noun
do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər How to pronounce donor (audio) , -ˌnȯ(ə)r How to pronounce donor (audio) \

Medical Definition of donor

1 : one used as a source of biological material (as blood or an organ)
2 : a compound capable of giving up a part (as an atom, chemical group, or elementary particle) for combination with an acceptor

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donor

noun
do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər, -ˌnȯr How to pronounce donor (audio) \

Legal Definition of donor

: one that gives, donates, grants, or confers something specifically : settlor

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