[ doh-ney-shuhn ]
/ doʊˈneɪ ʃən /


an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.
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

Related forms

pre·do·na·tion, nounself-do·na·tion, nounsu·per·do·na·tion, noun

Synonym study

2. See present2. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for donation


/ (dəʊˈneɪʃən) /


the act of giving, esp to a charity
a contribution

Word Origin for donation

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