do·​na·​tion dō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce donation (audio)
: the act or an instance of donating: such as
: the making of a gift especially to a charity or public institution
: a free contribution : gift

Examples of donation in a Sentence

The organization is funded by private donations. We are grateful for the donation of whatever you can afford to give. trying to encourage the donation of blood
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike other aid — rent or tuition assistance, utility and food vouchers, or material donations — recipients had full control over how to use this income. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2024 The fact that debt can be purchased for pennies on the dollar is part of the appeal of debt relief, allowing donors to feel like their donations are going farther. Katherine Hempstead, STAT, 7 June 2024 Hoping her followers would be moved to donate money, Moore shared her story online with a link to the donation page. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 6 June 2024 Allen said that most of the donation now will be refunded. Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for donation 

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Word History


Middle English donatyowne, from Latin donation-, donatio, from donare to present, from donum gift; akin to Latin dare to give — more at date

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of donation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Donation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


do·​na·​tion dō-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce donation (audio)
: a giving of something without charge
also : the thing given (as to charity)

Legal Definition


: the making of an especially charitable gift
in the civil law of Louisiana : a voluntary transfer of ownership of property from one person to another compare sale
disguised donation
: a transfer of property (as a sale) that does not have a sufficient reciprocal consideration (as a proportional price) so that it is considered a gratuitous donation and must meet the statutory requirements for a donation (as a notarial act) to be valid

called also donation in disguise

compare simulation
donation inter vivos \ -​ˌin-​tər-​ˈvī-​ˌvōs, -​ˌin-​ter-​ˈvē-​ˌvōs \
: a donation that transfers property owned by the donor and that takes effect upon the donee's acceptance compare gift inter vivos at gift
donation mortis causa \ -​ˈmȯr-​tis-​ˈkȯ-​zə, -​ˈmȯr-​tēs-​ˈkau̇-​sä \
: a donation that is to take effect on the donor's death and that is revocable compare gift causa mortis at gift
: something that is transferred by a donation

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