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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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 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.
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