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donation

[doh-ney-shuh n] /doʊˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.
2.
a gift, as to a fund; contribution.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
2. offering, benefaction, gratuity. See present2 .
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British Dictionary definitions for superdonation

donation

/dəʊˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of giving, esp to a charity
2.
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 superdonation

donation

n.

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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