donate 1819, back formation from DONATION (Cf. donation). Related: Donated; donating.

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  • donate — do‧nate [dəʊˈneɪt ǁ ˈdoʊneɪt] verb [transitive] to give money or something valuable to a person or organization in order to help them: donate something to somebody • Laurance S. Rockefeller donated $21 million to Princeton University for a center …   Financial and business terms

  • Donate — Do nate (d[=o] n[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Donated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Donating}.] [L. donatus, p. p. of donare to donate, fr. donum gift, fr. dare to give. See 2d {Date}.] To give; to bestow; to present; as, to donate fifty thousand dollars to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Donate — de Rome Donate est une sainte martyre chrétienne. Avec Pauline, Rustique, Nominande, Sérotine, Hilarie et leurs compagnes, elle fut martyre à Rome. Elle est fêtée avec ses compagne le 31 décembre[1]. Notes et références ↑ …   Wikipédia en Français

  • donate — do·nate vb do·nat·ed, do·nat·ing vt: to transfer by a gift or donation vi: to make a donation compare give, sell Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • donate — meaning ‘to give (money etc.) voluntarily’, is a back formation from donation and spread rapidly from American to British usage: • She could donate certain organs to assist in research or spare part surgery Barbara Pym, 1977 • Some [parks] were… …   Modern English usage

  • donate to — index subscribe (promise) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • donate — present, bestow, *give, confer, afford Analogous words: *grant, accord, award …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • donate — [v] make a gift of accord, ante up*, award, bequeath, bestow, chip in*, confer, contribute, devote, dole out*, do one’s part*, feed the kitty*, get in the act*, get it up*, give, give away, grant, hand out, lay on, pass the hat*, present, provide …   New thesaurus

  • donate — ► VERB 1) give (money or goods) to a good cause. 2) allow the removal of (blood or an organ) from one s body for transfusion or transplantation. DERIVATIVES donator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • donate — ☆ donate [dō′nāt΄, dō nāt′ ] vt., vi. donated, donating [back form. < DONATION] to give, esp. to some philanthropic or religious cause; contribute SYN. GIVE donator [dō′nāt΄ər, dō nāt′ər] n …   English World dictionary