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[doh-neyt, doh-neyt] /ˈdoʊ neɪt, doʊˈneɪt/
verb (used with object), donated, donating.
to present as a gift, grant, or contribution; make a donation of, as to a fund or cause:
to donate used clothes to the Salvation Army.
verb (used without object), donated, donating.
to make a gift, grant, or contribution of something; give; contribute:
They donate to the Red Cross every year.
Origin of donate
1775-85, Americanism; probably back formation from donation
Related forms
donator, noun
predonate, verb (used with object), predonated, predonating.
undonated, adjective
1. contribute, bestow, present, bequeath. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for donate
  • His widow decided to donate his organs to seven different people.
  • Many colleges, including those that make payments in lieu of taxes, donate money to their communities.
  • If you plan to donate to a local blood bank, be warned.
  • Subscribe anyway and donate your citrus to a food bank.
  • However, if they requested that everyone donate to this same charity, then they are probably already aware of the delay.
  • But more travelers mean more people who don't qualify to donate.
  • My organization has been receiving numerous calls from individuals wanting to volunteer or donate goods.
  • Still, persuading faculty members to donate their time to the oft-draining task of wooing teenagers isn't always easy.
  • As firms donate more to politicians, they tend to disclose more.
  • donate whatever your organs can do at the final time and make one more effort to prolong another life.
British Dictionary definitions for donate


to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
Derived Forms
donator, noun
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Word Origin and History for donate

1819, back-formation from donation. Related: Donated; donating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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