- 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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1. contribute, bestow, present, bequeath.
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- to give (money, time, etc), esp to a charity
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Word Origin and History for donators
1819, back-formation from donation. Related: Donated; donating.
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