Donate Definition

dōnāt, dō-nāt
donated, donates, donating
To give, esp. to some philanthropic or religious cause; contribute.
Webster's New World
To permit the removal of, or to bequeath (one's blood for transfusion, an organ for transplantation, etc.)
Webster's New World
To provide (an electron or atom, for example) for combination with an acceptor.
American Heritage
To make a contribution to a fund or cause.
American Heritage

Origin of Donate

  • Circa 1845, back-formation from donation, chiefly in American English. Ultimately from Latin donare (to give).

    From Wiktionary

  • Back-formation from donation

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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