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[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. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The terms in the Latin text are donator, a giver of a gift, and donatus, a receiver.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • This subtlety was past the vision of the donator of the Dabney House.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The archbishop of Paris, subsequently followed and stoned, is the donator of 100,000 crowns to the hospital of the Htel-Dieu.

British Dictionary definitions for donator


to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
Derived Forms
donator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for donator



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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