Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[doh-neyt, doh-neyt] /ˈdoʊ neɪt, doʊˈneɪt/
verb (used with object), donated, donating.
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.
to make a gift, grant, or contribution of something; give; contribute:
They donate to the Red Cross every year.
Origin of donate
1775-85, Americanism; probably back formation from donation
Related forms
donator, noun
predonate, verb (used with object), predonated, predonating.
undonated, adjective
1. contribute, bestow, present, bequeath. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for donate
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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


to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
Derived Forms
donator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for donate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for donate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for donate

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for donate