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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Rebecca was a registered organ donor with healthy organs to pass on to others in need. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Woman dies after fall at Gooseberry Falls State Park," 18 July 2019 Trump’s wealth has not prevented his Administration from developing shady ties to some of those big donors and other special interests; his extensive business holdings, including his hotels, have, in fact, facilitated bribery in plain sight. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Tom Steyer, the Democrats’ Billionaire for the People?," 14 July 2019 Swalwell out, Steyer in Less than 24 hours after East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell dropped out of the presidential race Monday, he was replaced by another Bay Area candidate, billionaire donor and former hedge fund chief Tom Steyer. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "California 2020 Countdown: Swalwell out, Steyer in — how the presidential field is changing," 11 July 2019 The letter, first reported in 2016 by Fox News, said Epstein was a founding donor to the Clinton Global Initiative. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Epstein built a network of powerful defenders," 10 July 2019 The tally no longer includes Eric Swalwell, a young Californian congressman who left the race on July 8th after failing to attract much interest from voters or donors. A.r. | Chicago, The Economist, "Tom Steyer jumps into a crowded Democratic field," 10 July 2019 Private donors and corporations reached out to the trail during the campaign to talk about contributing as well. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Ann Dancing's campaign officially has enough money to keep her swaying on Mass Ave.," 10 July 2019 In order to participate in the September and October debates, the Democratic National Committee requires that candidates achieve at least 130,000 donors and poll above two percent in four qualifying polls from June 28 to the end of August. Sami Sparber,, "Julián Castro says he has 130,000 donors — a key qualification for September debates," 8 July 2019 Bob Jesenik, Aequitas CEO, was on the Special Olympics of Oregon board and had been a major donor., "After a year of close calls, last-minute bailouts, Special Olympics of Oregon survives financial crisis," 7 July 2019

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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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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


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

Kids Definition of donor

: a person who donates


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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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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