verb

[with object]
  • 1Give (money or goods) for a good cause, for example to a charity.

    ‘a portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity’
    • ‘Both teams kindly donated their prize money back to the funds.’
    • ‘The surplus streetcars were sold or donated to museums around the country.’
    • ‘He donated large sums of money to charity and established scholarship trusts to help Asian students come to Scotland to study.’
    • ‘All items auctioned were donated by the public.’
    • ‘A host of wartime memorabilia has been donated to the museum for the exhibition.’
    • ‘Many people donate to charity, and I see that a charities bill is in the programme this year.’
    • ‘We would like to thank everyone who has supported and donated to the appeal.’
    • ‘Many refugees are using donated clothing to keep their livestock warm as temperatures plunge to near freezing at night.’
    • ‘The office was well-stocked with informative material and free handouts, donated by numerous sponsors from both business and government.’
    • ‘They could also have the meat processed and shipped home, or donated to animal orphanages.’
    • ‘Tickets were also sold for excellent prizes generously donated by local businesses.’
    • ‘Last year's winner received his cash scholarship and was also able to donate money to a charity that helps students pay for their schooling.’
    • ‘We'll donate all the proceeds to a charity.’
    • ‘They also held a number of giveaways during the day, with prizes generously donated by local businesses.’
    • ‘If you're doing a promotion that involves donating money to a charity, send it to the business section of your local paper.’
    • ‘More than 40 items have already been donated for two auctions.’
    • ‘He paid tribute to all who has donated to his food appeal this year.’
    • ‘We know that many people have already generously donated money and time to help the victims.’
    • ‘He babbled about giving some to charity, investing some, donating more to charity, and something else.’
    • ‘The venue was kindly donated by the members of the hall committee.’
    give, give a donation of, make a donation of, make a gift of, contribute, make a contribution of, present, gift, subscribe, hand out, grant, bestow, pledge, put oneself down for, put up, come up with, accord
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    1. 1.1 Allow the removal of (blood or an organ) from one's body for transplantation, transfusion, or research.
      ‘all donated blood is tested for antibodies’
      • ‘These steps include not donating blood, tissue or organs, and ensuring they tell their doctors and dentists if they undergo treatment in future.’
      • ‘On the day that you donate blood, you should drink plenty of liquid (but not alcohol) and you should eat your normal meals.’
      • ‘The huge outcry in the wake of last year's organ retention scandals has had a very damaging effect with a large drop in the number of people donating organs for transplantation.’
      • ‘All donated blood is tested and those tests have shown to be 99.95 percent accurate.’
      • ‘Amid all of this emotional chaos, the boy's father walked up to me and thanked me for donating blood to try to save his son.’
      • ‘The story, as it unfolded, concerned her desire to donate blood as she had done several times in the past.’
      • ‘I have no doubt that some of these patients will one day get a gift of life from someone who donates their organ for transplantation after death.’
      • ‘All relatives were asked whether the patient carried a donor card or had expressed a wish to donate organs, including corneas.’
      • ‘So you can donate both organs for lifesaving transplants and organs or tissues for research.’
      • ‘This led to a ban on people who have received a blood transfusion since January 1980 donating blood in the future.’
      • ‘In the whole of the UK last year 332 live kidneys were donated by blood relatives or spouses.’
      • ‘Its key role is to ensure that donated organs are matched and allocated in a fair and unbiased way.’
      • ‘As a further precaution, should previously transfused people not be allowed to donate blood?’
      • ‘There was a declining willingness of the public to donate organs for research.’
      • ‘All subjects agreed to anonymously donate blood and urine samples and gave written informed consent to participate in the study.’
      • ‘The choice to donate the organ must be free of coercion or manipulation, either social or financial.’
      • ‘When he died, his family donated his organs.’
      • ‘They had not previously thought about donating his organs so now many, many people were able to receive transplants last night due to their son.’
      • ‘They died because not enough organs were donated for transplantation.’
      • ‘Very few medical conditions automatically disqualify you from donating organs.’
    2. 1.2Chemistry Physics Provide or contribute (electrons or protons).
      • ‘It's true that an antioxidant becomes a free radical after it donates an electron to quench another free radical.’
      • ‘In many cases, Lewis's octet rule is followed by taking one or more electrons from one atom to form a cation and donating the electron or electrons to another atom to form an anion.’
      • ‘The acidity of a substance is determined by how readily it donates hydrogen ions or protons.’
      • ‘A reducing agent causes the reduction of another species by donating electrons to the reaction.’
      • ‘The reducing agent causes the reduction of an atom by donating an electron and is itself oxidized.’

Origin

Late 18th century: back-formation from donation.

Pronunciation

donate

/də(ʊ)ˈneɪt/