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Circa 1845, back-formation from donation, chiefly in American English. Ultimately from Latin donare (to give).
Back-formation from donation
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
We'll donate it for good luck so's you're sure to come back.
I promised to donate this here ink well and pen that came from the box of Annie's stuff.
Donate or give away any clothes that you can't wear.
He wasn't about to donate any fodder to the other horse in the race.
Then, as if thinking about it added, But I'll donate these things.
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