an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.
a gift, as to a fund; contribution.

1375–1425, for an earlier sense; late Middle English < Latin dōnātiōn- (stem of dōnātiō), equivalent to dōnāt(us), past participle of dōnāre to give (dōn-, stem of dōnum gift, + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

predonation, noun
self-donation, noun
superdonation, noun

2. offering, benefaction, gratuity. See present2. Unabridged
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donation (dəʊˈneɪʃən)
1.  the act of giving, esp to a charity
2.  a contribution
[C15: from Latin dōnātiō a presenting, from dōnāre to give, from dōnum gift]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from M.Fr. donation, from L. donationem (nom. donatio), from donare "give as a gift," from donum "gift," from PIE *donum "gift" (cf. Skt. danam "offering, present," O.C.S. dani "tribute," Lith. duonis "gift," O.Ir. dan "gift, endowment, talent"), from base *do-/*de- "to give."
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Example sentences
If our suit is successful and incentives are allowed, it would not create a
  freewheeling market in bone marrow donation.
When asked for a donation this year s/he earmarked it for a scholarship to
  replace the lost one.
In this case no donation was needed, as the drug's patent has expired.
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