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donate

[doh-neyt, doh-neyt] /ˈdoʊ neɪt, doʊˈneɪt/
verb (used with object), donated, donating.
1.
to present as a gift, grant, or contribution; make a donation of, as to a fund or cause:
to donate used clothes to the Salvation Army.
verb (used without object), donated, donating.
2.
to make a gift, grant, or contribution of something; give; contribute:
They donate to the Red Cross every year.
Origin of donate
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism; probably back formation from donation
Related forms
donator, noun
predonate, verb (used with object), predonated, predonating.
undonated, adjective
Synonyms
1. contribute, bestow, present, bequeath.
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Examples from the Web for donate
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  • Cynthia thought of the stores in the old house and wished she might donate them.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The Freshman who is in his own neighborhood does not donate additional arguments.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • If we win, we'll donate the money to some charitable purpose.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • Since I, too, love Petaca I want to donate the stained-glass windows.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • And would it not be lovely to donate a round sum to the synagogue?

    The Imported Bridegroom Abraham Cahan
British Dictionary definitions for donate

donate

/dəʊˈneɪt/
verb
1.
to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
Derived Forms
donator, noun
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Word Origin and History for donate
v.

1819, back-formation from donation. Related: Donated; donating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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