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

Examples of donor in a Sentence

The money was raised from individual donors. She is one of the charity's major donors.
Recent Examples on the Web One of the biggest concerns with any transplant is the risk of rejection where the body’s immune system sees the donor organ as foreign and destroys it. Simar Bajaj, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2022 The event will allow drivers to renew or correct licenses and state IDs, update license plate stickers, and register to vote or become an organ donor. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2022 Chief Cooper said McAdam was an organ donor, a surprise for some. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 13 May 2022 We are supported by foundations, corporate sponsors and donor contributions. Chris Aadland, oregonlive, 10 Apr. 2022 In hyperacute rejection, large blood clots rapidly form, obstructing the blood supply of the donor organ. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The United States has contributed about $17 billion to the fund, about a third of all donor contributions. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 2 Dec. 2021 The United States has contributed about $17 billion to the fund, about a third of all donor contributions. Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2021 The United States has contributed about $17 billion to the fund, about a third of all donor contributions. Aamer Madhani, ajc, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/donor. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for donor

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

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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