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
A: The foundation promotes philanthropy through meaningful partnerships with donors and community organizations.
The facility is reaching out to its major donors and has raised just over $1 million toward its goal so far.
In the case of the embassy, Mr. Trump may dishearten powerful supporters like Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate and Republican donor who is close to Mr. Netanyahu and owns a newspaper in Israel.
Both parties take millions from insurance companies, Wall Street and Big Pharma, and critics say all of them just do the bidding of their corporate donors.
The $5,000 donation is the largest amount contributed by a single donor to the campaign, which Lew created less than three weeks ago to cover the roughly $21,000 owed by students in Seattle’s 99 schools.
James is a donor to Democratic presidential candidates.
Donors were given such things as special mugs and T-shirts, as well as coupons for free doughnuts and coffee, and more.
DeVos was herself a major donor to those efforts before becoming education secretary.
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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 century
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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