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[doh-ney-shuh n] /doʊˈneɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.
a gift, as to a fund; contribution.
Origin of donation
late Middle English
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
Related forms
predonation, noun
self-donation, noun
superdonation, noun
2. offering, benefaction, gratuity. See present2 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for donation
  • 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.
  • For donation information, please scroll to bottom of page.
  • Your donation will help us continue to inspire people to care about the planet.
  • Thanks for recognizing someone who can think outside of the monetary donation.
  • However a donation to cover forum expenses would be greatly appreciated.
  • His donation will help fund an expansion of the school's campus, which is set to increase in size by almost one-third.
  • Almost none of the new material came from public donation.
  • Programs that permit the donation of good, unused drugs to the needy owe their existence to the lobbying by families of patients.
British Dictionary definitions for donation


the act of giving, esp to a charity
a contribution
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dōnātiō a presenting, from dōnāre to give, from dōnum gift
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Word Origin and History for donation

early 15c., from Old French donacion (13c.), from Latin donationem (nominative donatio) "a presenting, giving," noun of action from past participle stem of donare "give as a gift," from donum "gift," from PIE *donum "gift" (cf. Sanskrit danam "offering, present," Old Church Slavonic dani "tribute," Lithuanian duonis "gift," Old Irish dan "gift, endowment, talent," Welsh dawn "gift"), from root *do- "to give" (see date (n.1)).

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