[doh-neyt, doh-neyt]

verb (used with object), do·nat·ed, do·nat·ing.

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.

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

Synonyms for donate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for donate

Contemporary Examples of donate

Historical Examples of donate

  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for donate



to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
Derived Formsdonator, noun
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Word Origin and History for donate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper