donor

noun
do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər , -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 Humane Society is the biggest donor to this proposition, on either side. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Environmental Measures on the 2018 Midterm Election Ballots You Should Know About," 18 Oct. 2018 His mother was the first donor to come to his rescue. Lyndsay Winkley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDPD officer gets second shot at long-awaited kidney transplant," 11 July 2018 Active Donors GEO Group and CoreCivic are active political donors. Fortune, "Prison Operators Could Cash In on ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy," 28 June 2018 Protecting donor funds Dealing with reputable investment professionals is paramount for college endowments. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 Endless pursuit of tax cuts to appeal to donors and party elites, while leaving our school and universities underfunded and the problem of deteriorating road and bridges unaddressed, leaves Missouri families frustrated. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 This is the third straight year Indiana Blood Center has made an emergency appeal for blood donors, Miraglia said. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Blood donors urgently needed in Indiana," 26 June 2018 More construction will follow, with the installation of lights, concrete walkways to connect the monument to existing sidewalks nearby and bronze plaques for donors, according to Boker. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Gold Star Families monument in Havre de Grace unveiled Sunday," 17 June 2018 Though the seats were in a section reserved for donors who had given at least a million dollars to the university, Wilcox said Pruitt paid just the face value of $130 for each ticket. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "EPA chief Scott Pruitt sought used Trump hotel mattress: aide," 4 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 \

Kids Definition of donor

: a person who donates

donor

noun
do·​nor | \ ˈdō-nər , -ˌnȯ(ə)r \

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 \

Legal Definition of donor

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

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