- an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution.
- a gift, as to a fund; contribution.
Origin of donation
Synonyms for donation
- the act of giving, esp to a charity
- a contribution
Word Origin for donation
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)).