Definition of donation in English:



  • 1Something that is given to a charity, especially a sum of money.

    ‘please send your donation of £20 to the Disaster Appeal’
    • ‘There is a vital need for kidney organ donations.’
    • ‘A team of six staff helped shoppers pack their groceries in return for donations to the charity.’
    • ‘The service is free to listeners, though some do send donations with their returned tapes.’
    • ‘Giving a charitable donation in the name of a friend is another way to avoid handing over unwanted gifts.’
    • ‘Many of his sponsors doubled their donations, and the money was presented last Friday.’
    • ‘Financial donations to the victims' families have reached more than a billion dollars.’
    • ‘We have set up donation boxes at the toilets and every little bit helps.’
    • ‘On Wednesday the school sent a letter to parents asking for donations and the money started to flood in.’
    • ‘The fund was established in 1995, mainly based on donations from the public.’
    • ‘It has had a long history of gifts, donations and support from the local community.’
    • ‘Vanessa raised hundreds of pounds for the charity by playing requests in exchange for donations to the appeal.’
    • ‘In addition, many patients are waiting for blood or bone marrow donations.’
    • ‘However, these kinds of charitable donations are not tax-deductible.’
    • ‘Two large individual donations have also been announced for the school's new home.’
    • ‘As well as this kind gesture many other people have given cash donations to the strike fund.’
    • ‘The group depends on grants, donations and parental contributions to keep going.’
    • ‘In addition, our charitable trust provides donations to national and local causes.’
    • ‘They are unelected activists, funded by private donations from wealthy individuals and foundations.’
    • ‘Sending a cash donation directly to a local church or synod may sound like a wonderful idea.’
    • ‘A couple who gave their 50th blood donation were presented with awards to mark their achievement.’
    gift, contribution, subscription, present, handout, grant, offering, gratuity, endowment
    bestowal, giving
    charity, benefaction, largesse
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action of donating something.
      ‘the donation of carpets, chairs, and cutlery’
      • ‘Therefore this is your last opportunity to make that all-important gift or cash donation to the charity.’
      • ‘It was at that stage that her family started seriously considering organ donation.’
      • ‘Perhaps the best way to illustrate the importance of blood donation is to look at a case history.’
      • ‘I can do this only through the sustained support and generous donations of the general public.’
      • ‘But this makes the shortage of organs for donation even more severe and people are dying as a result.’
      • ‘Donations of items for the auction and stalls is now most welcome.’
      • ‘We know that many relatives say no to organ donation simply because they do not know what their loved one would have wanted.’
      • ‘The informal show will be staged next Thursday and Friday evening, with admission by donation.’
      • ‘He paid tribute to the officers who broach the subject of tissue donation with bereaved families.’
      • ‘How many of us actually carry donor cards, or even think about donation beyond going to a blood bank every now and again?’
      • ‘All donations of household items in serviceable condition and clean modern clothes are welcome.’
      • ‘If you haven't been tested for bone marrow donation, consider getting tested.’
      • ‘We would encourage you to be as generous as you can with your donations to the appeal.’
      • ‘Introduce full state funding for political parties, and ban private political donations.’
      • ‘New artefacts are being brought in all the time either by donation or bequest.’
      • ‘The event saw a brief presentation on eye donation followed by a question and answer session.’
      • ‘He made large charitable donations to the school until his death.’
      • ‘Her parents freely gave their consent for donation of any of her organs.’
      • ‘The Information Centre in Regent Street will also take donations of clothing and bedding.’
      • ‘Any donations of small items or old toys will be gratefully accepted.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin donatio(n-), from the verb donare, based on donum gift.