Meaning of “donate” in the English Dictionary

"donate" in British English

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uk /dəʊˈneɪt/ us /ˈdoʊ.neɪt/

B2 [ I or T ] to give money or goods to help a person or organization:

An anonymous businesswoman donated one million dollars to the charity.
Please donate generously.

C1 [ T ] to allow some of your blood or a part of your body to be used for medical purposes:

The appeal for people to donate blood was very successful.

More examples

  • The Vatican has agreed to donate $80 000 in humanitarian/emergency aid to countries affected by the war.
  • Ten pence is donated to charity for every bottle sold.
  • The money was donated by an anonymous benefactor.
  • Tons of internationally donated food was distributed to the starving peasants.
  • She donated a sizeable portion of her riches to children's charities.

(Definition of “donate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"donate" in American English

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donateverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈdoʊ·neɪt, doʊˈneɪt/

to give something, esp. to an organization, without wanting anything in exchange:

[ T ] Over $12 million was donated to the building fund.
[ T ] Some businesses have agreed to donate computers to schools.
noun [ C/U ] us /doʊˈneɪ·ʃən/

[ C ] Donations of food and clothing are gratefully accepted.

(Definition of “donate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"donate" in Business English

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donateverb [ I or T ]

uk /dəʊˈneɪt/ us

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY to give something of value such as money or goods to help a person or organization such as a charity:

The bank donates 25 cents for every $100 spent using the card.
donate sth to sb/sth The commission also wants to make it easier for attorneys to donate time to help poor clients.
To encourage people to donate to charity, they provide a list of charities on their website.

(Definition of “donate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)