Meaning of “charity” in the English Dictionary

"charity" in British English

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charitynoun

uk /ˈtʃær.ə.ti/ us /ˈtʃer.ə.t̬i/

charity noun (GIVING)

B1 [ C or U ] a system of giving money, food, or help free to those who are in need because they are ill, poor, or have no home, or any organization that has the purpose of providing money or helping in this way:

She does a lot of work for charity.
People tend to give to (= give money to) charity at Christmas time.
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 raise money for AIDS research.

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(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 help people:

[ U ] He visits homeless shelters 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 /ˈtʃærɪti/ us plural charities SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

[ C ] an organization that has the purpose of providing money 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 supports local arts initiatives.
As a charity, the organization does not pay tax.

[ 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)