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

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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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Garthwait is a financial donor to the college and helped found the Garthwait Leadership Center on campus. Mark Scolforo, The Seattle Times, "College trustee quits over Nazi uniform costume photo," 19 Feb. 2019 In 2015, with the help of many donors and a very significant contribution from Michael and Lance, the organization’s brand-new, state-of-the-art building opened in SoHo. Bette Midler, Vogue, "The Wind Beneath Her Wings: Bette Midler on the Rise and Reign of Michael Kors," 18 Oct. 2018 Lucas, a fellow Indiana native, is a generous donor to Republican candidates, including to Pence, who received at least $50,000 from Lucas and his wife when Pence was running for governor of Indiana. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Pardoned by Trump, Oregon ranchers ride home in style on Pence ally's private jet," 12 July 2018 Charles is retired and has become a big donor to Temple, most recently donating $10 million toward the university’s new library, which will be named for him. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Temple University adds to health system board amid restructuring," 22 June 2018 Miller also said the tenant of the home on 152nd Street, who is registered to vote at that address, was a donor to Thomas' 2017 City Council run. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "Democratic attorney calls for investigation of Olathe Republican running for House," 12 June 2018 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

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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 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

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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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