Definition of donor in English:



  • 1A person who donates something, especially money to charity.

    ‘an anonymous donor has given £25’
    [as modifier] ‘loans from rich donor countries’
    • ‘The tsunami generated an unprecedented outpouring of generosity, with donor pledges reaching some US $13.6 billion.’
    • ‘The money will come from donors and the state budget, he said.’
    • ‘To raise that money, officials from 70 donor countries meet Thursday in Madrid.’
    • ‘So we find a kind donor who gives us this rent-free, and that's how it began.’
    • ‘The expectation of the donors was that charities receiving the funds would disburse the money to needy victims just as quickly.’
    • ‘Most donors to charity are private entrepreneurs, who are often unwilling to let others know about the donation out of fear of the tax department.’
    • ‘He says relief agencies desperately need more help from international organizations and donor countries.’
    • ‘As an alternative, the organization is encouraging the walk's potential donors to give money directly to the charities they support.’
    • ‘International donors have been willing to help Indonesians seeking to bring the past to light.’
    • ‘The $3.7 billion pledged by donors will be just enough to sustain current programmes.’
    • ‘Instead, the Government has introduced tax breaks aimed at encouraging the private sector donors to pour money into the construction of a new national stadium.’
    • ‘The charity specializes in using donor money to buy people in developing world animals from cows to camels and everything in between.’
    • ‘Sound equipment worth more than £30,000 has been donated to the concert venue by the anonymous donor.’
    • ‘The donor agencies also came with a stated philosophy that seemed to promise change.’
    • ‘The bit we like best is the idea that tax relief is available today for money that donors agree to bequeath to charities on their death.’
    • ‘But it also became a major aid donor to India.’
    • ‘The donors say this western money went to help create conditions for free and fair elections, not directly to the opposition; that, too, should be carefully examined.’
    • ‘As a charity we rely on donors and financial help, and David has helped people to come forward to help with both.’
    • ‘Public interest groups and the press insist that campaign donors supposedly only give money to politicians to bribe them.’
    • ‘There were no arrests or charges, though federal agents visited the homes of many of the charity's local donors.’
    giver, contributor, benefactor, benefactress, subscriber, donator
    supporter, backer, subsidizer, patron, sponsor
    benefactrice, benefactrix, philanthrope
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    1. 1.1A person who provides blood, an organ, or semen for transplantation, transfusion, etc.
      ‘one third of patients die before a suitable donor is found’
      ‘a blood donor’
      • ‘The sample comprised unrelated healthy blood donors, and informed consent was obtained from all individuals participating in the study.’
      • ‘Before death, the organ donor received several transfusions of blood products.’
      • ‘One night our teenage son and I had to run our dog to the clinic to be a donor for an emergency blood transfusion.’
      • ‘And he remains on a mission to persuade more people to sign donor cards.’
      • ‘The majority of the healthy control subjects were healthy blood donors, and the others were organ transplant donors.’
      • ‘Before a transfusion is given, the blood of the donor and the recipient must be tested against each other to ensure they are compatible.’
      • ‘More than one half of all kidney recipients receive an organ from a cadaveric donor.’
      • ‘The degree to which the lymphocytes enlarge and multiply indicates the compatibility of donor to recipient.’
      • ‘Living donors often donate an organ to a family member or close friend.’
      • ‘Their policy requires that the blood types of donors and recipients be matched before releasing any organs.’
      • ‘Therefore, it is mandatory to establish an effective technique for screening blood donors for the malaria parasite.’
      • ‘For renal transplantation, marginal donors include cadavers from one or more of the following categories.’
      • ‘In 2003, 772 individuals became major organ donors although over 6,000 people are still waiting for suitable organs.’
      • ‘Matching bone marrow donors are usually blood relatives.’
      • ‘The rest come from people who die and have signed organ donor cards.’
      • ‘Those in attendance had the opportunity to sign up to become organ donors and to give blood.’
      • ‘The organisers also honoured individual donors who had donated blood more than ten times.’
      • ‘She received a heart and lung transplant from a donor with type A blood.’
      • ‘A device to make the organs of brain-dead donors more suitable for transplant will be evaluated in a government-funded study.’
      • ‘The law required autopsies on donors before removal of organs, delaying the process so that it was usually too late.’
    2. 1.2Chemistry An atom or molecule that provides a pair of electrons in forming a coordinate bond.
      • ‘Such measurements should be independent of the local concentrations of donor and acceptor molecules.’
      • ‘Nitrates act as donors of nitric oxide, a molecule with a recognized potential for genotoxicity.’
      • ‘Some of the molecules are donors and others acceptors.’
      • ‘Carbenes can act as electron donors in chemical reactions.’
      • ‘A new reaction of this dye, whereby its excited triplet state oxidizes suitable electron donors, is now reported.’
    3. 1.3Physics An impurity atom in a semiconductor which contributes a conducting electron to the material.


Middle English: from Old French doneur, from Latin donator, from donare give.