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 acceptorb : an impurity added to a semiconductor to increase the number of mobile electrons
Examples of donor in a Sentence
The money was raised from individual donors.
She is one of the charity's major donors.
Recent Examples of donor from the Web
Brooks said plaque donors have chosen various reasons to participate and some turn the unveiling into a reason to gather and celebrate.
Through the month of July, the participants prepare the body donors for the incoming gross anatomy class in the fall at the university, Talarico said.
Moving to Delray Beach in 2004, the Schumans are Prime Minister Council donors to the local Federation and members of its Ketubah Society.
Philip Hensley said the reward was posted by an anonymous donor.
But even these DNA donors were a hodgepodge of what are now two modern groups—
Economists and foreign donors have praised the moves, which no previous government dared carry out.
Donors can also send a check payable to South Suburban Family Shelter at P.O. Box 937, Homewood, IL 60430, Attention: BTS Angels.
But a wealthy investment banker and GOP donor decided to run, too.
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Origin and Etymology of donor
Middle English donoure, from Anglo-French doneur, from Latin donator, from donare
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
DONOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of donor for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of donor for Students
: a person who donates
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