intransitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
- to give, esp. to some philanthropic or religious cause; contribute
- to permit the removal of, or to bequeath (one's blood for transfusion, an organ for transplantation, etc.)
Origin of donateback-formation from donation
verbdo·nat·ed, do·nat·ing, do·nates
- To present as a gift to a fund or cause; contribute.
- Medicine To provide (blood, tissue, or an organ) for transfusion, implantation, or transplant.
- Chemistry To provide (an electron or atom, for example) for combination with an acceptor.
Origin of donateBack-formation from donation
(third-person singular simple present donates, present participle donating, simple past and past participle donated)
- To make a donation; to give away something of value to support or contribute towards a cause or for the benefit of another.
- She donates 100 dollars to Red Crescent every year.
- He donated an etching from his own collection to the new art gallery.