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donation

[doh-ney-shuh n]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.
  2. a gift, as to a fund; contribution.
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Origin of donation

1375–1425, for an earlier sense; late Middle English < Latin dōnātiōn- (stem of dōnātiō), equivalent to dōnāt(us), past participle of dōnāre to give (dōn-, stem of dōnum gift, + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspre·do·na·tion, nounself-do·na·tion, nounsu·per·do·na·tion, noun

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2. offering, benefaction, gratuity.

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2. See present2.
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donation

noun
  1. the act of giving, esp to a charity
  2. a contribution
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin dōnātiō a presenting, from dōnāre to give, from dōnum gift
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Word Origin and History for donation

n.

early 15c., from Old French donacion (13c.), from Latin donationem (nominative donatio) "a presenting, giving," noun of action from past participle stem of donare "give as a gift," from donum "gift," from PIE *donum "gift" (cf. Sanskrit danam "offering, present," Old Church Slavonic dani "tribute," Lithuanian duonis "gift," Old Irish dan "gift, endowment, talent," Welsh dawn "gift"), from root *do- "to give" (see date (n.1)).

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