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.
Recent Examples on the Web Reputable charities should recognize not only the etiquette, but the self-interest, in following a donor’s wish about how to communicate. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Generous donations beget more requests," 9 July 2020 For decades, the U.S. served as the WHO's largest donor – forking out around $400 million annually and some 10 times more than China. Fox News, "WHO alters timeline to indicate it first learned of coronavirus from Internet, not Chinese officials," 7 July 2020 The agency’s largest donor provides more than $450 million per year and currently owes the WHO some $200 million in current and past dues., "US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization," 7 July 2020 To learn more about organ donation and to register as a donor, visit Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Adam had a heart attack at 39. His tissue donation saved lives and cemented his legacy.," 3 July 2020 Cohen is said to have been a last-minute addition to the event funded by a big donor that arrived with their own security team. Rosy Cordero,, "Sacha Baron Cohen pranks crowd at conservative rally with racist sing-along," 28 June 2020 As in years past, among the potential recipients a donor could select were indeed Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Darrel Rowland, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Ex-Ohio health director Amy Acton has no ties to abortion charities, clinic," 23 June 2020 Johnson, a Democratic donor, said in November of last year that the 2020 election is President Trump's to lose. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "BET founder pushes Black Lives Matter to form independent political party," 23 June 2020 The United States is the largest donor among the WHO’s 194 member states, giving about $450 million last year. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization," 20 June 2020

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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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The first known use of donor was in the 15th century

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12 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Donor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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