[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

  • Often some one can be found who will donate books, or a scholarship ranging from car-fare to a few dollars a week.

  • Since I, too, love Petaca I want to donate the stained-glass windows.

    When the Owl Cries

    Paul Bartlett

  • "I should be glad to donate my services to the cause," said Ferriday, who could be magnificent.

  • And would it not be lovely to donate a round sum to the synagogue?

  • As we have already said, sooner than have the two pictures separated, Puvis made up his mind to donate it.

    Puvis de Chavannes

    Francois Crastre

British Dictionary definitions for donate



to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
Derived Formsdonator, 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

Word Origin and History for donate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper