- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for donator
The terms in the Latin text are donator, a giver of a gift, and donatus, a receiver.De Re Metallica
This subtlety was past the vision of the donator of the Dabney House.V. V.'s Eyes
Henry Sydnor Harrison
The archbishop of Paris, subsequently followed and stoned, is the donator of 100,000 crowns to the hospital of the Htel-Dieu.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
- to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
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Word Origin and History for donator
1819, back-formation from donation. Related: Donated; donating.
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