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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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for donations
  • He was also supported by small, but regular, donations from close friends.
  • It has been funded by grants, donations, and the new york city council.
  • Following from past donations, they own vineyards in burgundy.
  • Gifts and sweets are exchanged and donations made to the poor.
  • Autologous donations are sometimes transfused without further modification.
  • These kinds of donations are still common in developing countries.
  • Charters also receive private funding in the form of donations.
  • The act also prohibits soliciting campaign donations on federal government property.
  • donations made to charities are also normally deducted in calculating taxable income.
British Dictionary definitions for donations


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 donations



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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