- an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.
- a gift, as to a fund; contribution.
Origin of donation
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Examples from the Web for donation
This was before Cassidy entered politics, and the Republican congressman now calls that donation a “youthful indiscretion.”Mary Landrieu-Bill Cassidy Louisiana Senate Race Heads to a Runoff
November 5, 2014
However, a concert is a far more unusual gift that is rarely considered a donation.Wendy Davis's Fundraising Fiasco
July 17, 2014
Some saw their donation as a ticket to a theme park roller coaster ride.Speed Read: Kenneth Vogel’s ‘Big Money’ Shows How PACs Control Politics
June 9, 2014
The repairs cost an estimated $15 million, but the price tag was cut in half by a donation from David M. Rubenstein.Weird Washington Monument History
May 12, 2014
The Bradley donation, of $2,000, was made in 1989, as Bradley was a year out from his second re-election bid.Donald Sterling and the Neverending Fantasy of ‘Democrat’ Racism
April 28, 2014
Then if it sends the petition this year you will give the donation, I suppose?A Hungarian Nabob
We wondered that our honoured lord, your nephew, went not up with the donation this day.'Alroy
I cannot describe the joy I had in God when I received this donation.
The State of Alabama, in which it was placed, gave it an annual donation.From Slave to College President
Godfrey Holden Pike
He wound up, of course, by telling of this donation from an unknown well-wisher.The Faith Doctor
- the act of giving, esp to a charity
- a contribution
Word Origin and History for donation
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)).