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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In 1910 a mania struck each resident foreign colony to donate to the city a reminder of themselves.

  • The Freshman who is in his own neighborhood does not donate additional arguments.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • Old friends urged him to become their publisher and some public men wanted him to donate at least part of it to charity.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • Since I, too, love Petaca I want to donate the stained-glass windows.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • He is assessed for over forty millions, and can well afford to donate his salary to the Government.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for donate


to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
Derived Forms
donator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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