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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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  • The archbishop of Paris, subsequently followed and stoned, is the donator of 100,000 crowns to the hospital of the Htel-Dieu.

  • The terms in the Latin text are donator, a giver of a gift, and donatus, a receiver.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • This subtlety was past the vision of the donator of the Dabney House.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for donator


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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