Meaning of “donation” in the English Dictionary

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"donation" in British English

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donationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /dəʊˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /doʊˈneɪ.ʃən/

B2 money or goods that are given to help a person or organization, or the act of giving them:

donations of food and money
I'd like to make a small donation in my mother's name.

More examples

  • Every year she makes a large donation to a worthy cause.
  • "Will a £50 donation be enough?" "Yes, that would be quite acceptable ."
  • Even a small donation can do a lot of good.
  • Some people give a regular monthly donation while others vary the amount they give.
  • Reputable charities spend the lion's share of donations on aid and a tiny fraction on administration.

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

"donation" in Business English

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donationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /dəʊˈneɪʃən/ us

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY something of value such as money or goods that is given to help a person or organization such as a charity, or the act of giving this money, etc.:

It is possible to make a donation with conditions attached, for example requiring the funds to be used for a specific purpose.
The CEO defended the conglomerate's donations to political candidates.
The museum has received a $5 million donation from the Bradley Foundation.
Some charitable donations are tax-deductible.

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