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donation

[doh-ney-shuhn]
noun
  1. an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.
  2. a gift, as to a fund; contribution.
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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 formspre·do·na·tion, nounself-do·na·tion, nounsu·per·do·na·tion, noun

Synonyms for donation

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2. See present2.
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British Dictionary definitions for self-donation

donation

noun
  1. the act of giving, esp to a charity
  2. a contribution
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Word Origin for donation

C15: from Latin dōnātiō a presenting, from dōnāre to give, from dōnum gift
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Word Origin and History for self-donation

donation

n.

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)).

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