- The definition of a donation is money or some other item of value given to a charity or a person in need.
When you give a charity for the homeless a $100 check, this is an example of a $100 donation.
Making a donation.
- the act of donating
- a gift or contribution, as to a charitable organization
Origin of donationMiddle English donacioun ; from Classical Latin donatio ; from donatus, past participle of donare ; from donum, gift ; from Indo-European an unverified form donom ; from base an unverified form do-, give: see date
- The act of giving to a fund or cause.
- A gift or grant.
Origin of donationMiddle English donacioun, gift, benefice, from Old French, from Latin dōnātiō, dōnātiōn-, from dōnātus, past participle of dōnāre, to give, from dōnum, gift; see dō- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French donation, from Latin dōnātiō (“a present”), from dōnō (“to give”), from dōnum (“a gift”). Recorded in English since the 15th century.