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Meaning of “charity” in the English Dictionary

"charity" in British English

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charitynoun

uk   /ˈtʃær.ɪ.ti/  us   /ˈtʃer.ɪ.t̬i/
  • charity noun (GIVING)

B1 [C or U] a ​system of giving ​money, ​food, or ​helpfree to those who are in need because they are ​ill, ​poor, or have no ​home, or any ​organization that has the ​purpose of ​providingmoney or ​helping in this way: She does a lot of ​work for charity. People ​tend to give to (= give ​money to) charity at ​Christmastime. Proceeds from the ​sale of these ​cards will go to (= be given to)local charities. UNICEF is an ​international charity. They did a charity performance on the first ​night, to ​raisemoney for ​AIDSresearch.

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  • charity noun (KIND)

C2 [U] formal the ​quality of being ​kind to ​people and not ​judging them in a ​severe way
(Definition of charity from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"charity" in American English

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charitynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈtʃær·ɪ·t̬i/
the giving of ​money, ​food, or ​help to those who need it, or an ​organization that does this: [U] She does a lot of ​work for charity. [C] We ​donate to a ​number of charities. Charity is also the ​belief that you should ​helppeople: [U] He ​visitshomelessshelters out of charity.
(Definition of charity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"charity" in Business English

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charitynoun

uk   us   /ˈtʃærɪti/ (plural charities) SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
[C ] an ​organization that has the ​purpose of ​providingmoney or ​help to ​people who need it, or that does something useful for ​society: Proceeds from the ​sale of these ​cards will be given to ​local charities. It's a charity that ​supportslocal arts ​initiatives. As a charity, the ​organization does not ​paytax.
[U] organizations like this when they are considered as a ​group: An anonymous ​businesswoman donated one million ​dollars to charity. The ​proceeds of this evening's ​event will go to charity.
[U] money or ​help given to ​people who need it: They were ​poor, but they were too proud to ​accept charity.
(Definition of charity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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