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donate

[doh-neyt, doh-neyt]
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verb (used with object), do·nat·ed, do·nat·ing.
  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), do·nat·ed, do·nat·ing.
  1. 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 formsdo·na·tor, nounpre·do·nate, verb (used with object), pre·do·nat·ed, pre·do·nat·ing.un·do·nat·ed, adjective

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1. contribute, bestow, present, bequeath.
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Examples from the Web for donator

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</p>

    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

donate

verb
  1. to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
Derived Formsdonator, noun
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Word Origin and History for donator

donate

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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