do·​nate | \ ˈdō-ˌnāt How to pronounce donate (audio) , dō-ˈnāt \
donated; donating

Definition of donate

transitive verb

1 : to make a gift of especially : to contribute to a public or charitable cause
2 : to transfer (a particle, such as an electron) to another atom or molecule

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give, present, donate, bestow, confer, afford mean to convey to another as a possession. give, the general term, is applicable to any passing over of anything by any means. give alms gave her a ride on a pony give my love to your mother present carries a note of formality and ceremony. present an award donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity). donate a piano to the orphanage bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver. bestow unwanted advice confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor). confer an honorary degree afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver. the trees afford shade a development that affords us some hope

Examples of donate in a Sentence

The computers were donated by local companies. We donated our old clothes to charity. people who donate money to political candidates He donates some of his free time to volunteer work. Everyone is encouraged to donate. People are encouraged to donate blood. Please sign this form if you would like to donate your organs when you die. You can donate at the blood bank every eight weeks.
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Recent Examples on the Web Many youth groups will donate their time in helping others during this event. cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 With each purchase, the company will donate $25 to BCRF. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2021 In addition, Gin Lane 1751 will donate 50 percent of profits to The Pink Agenda, not only through October, but from September, too, and from sales of the entire portfolio of gins. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Those who cannot attend but would like to support the event can donate directly on NCCJ’s event page., 30 Sep. 2021 In addition to the new menu options, Delta will donate 20% of all onboard purchases (including beverages) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation throughout the entire month of October. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 29 Sep. 2021 Additionally, during the month of October, Delta will donate 20% of all onboard purchases, including beverages, to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Rachel King, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2021 Animal lovers who would like to contribute to this year's successful campaign can still donate to the Clear the Shelters Fund. Kelli Bender,, 27 Sep. 2021 Oggi’s will donate 15 percent of the proceeds to the team from dine-in and takeout orders. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of donate

1785, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for donate

back-formation from donation

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7 Oct 2021

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“Donate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of donate

: to give (money, food, clothes, etc.) in order to help a person or organization
: to give (blood, a body organ, etc.) to a hospital or other medical organization so that it can be given to someone who needs it


do·​nate | \ ˈdō-ˌnāt How to pronounce donate (audio) \
donated; donating

Kids Definition of donate

: to give as a way of helping people in need donate money donate blood


donated; donating

Legal Definition of donate

transitive verb

: to transfer by a gift or donation

intransitive verb

: to make a donation — compare give, sell

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