[ doh-ney-shuhn ]
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  1. an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.

  2. a gift, as to a fund; contribution.

Origin of donation

1375–1425, for an earlier sense; late Middle English <Latin dōnātiōn- (stem of dōnātiō), equivalent to dōnāt(us), past participle of dōnāre to give (dōn-, stem of dōnum gift, + -ātus-ate1) + -iōn--ion

synonym study For donation

2. See present2.

Other words for donation

Other words from donation

  • pre·do·na·tion, noun
  • self-do·na·tion, noun
  • su·per·do·na·tion, noun

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How to use donation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for donation


/ (dəʊˈneɪʃən) /

  1. the act of giving, esp to a charity

  2. a contribution

Origin of donation

C15: from Latin dōnātiō a presenting, from dōnāre to give, from dōnum gift

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