Meaning of “donor” in the English Dictionary

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"donor" in British English

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donornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdəʊ.nər/ us /ˈdoʊ.nɚ/

C2 a person who gives some of their blood or a part of their body to help someone who is ill:

a blood donor
a kidney donor

C2 a person who gives money or goods to an organization:

Thanks to a large gift from an anonymous donor, the charity was able to continue its work.

More examples

  • An attempt to implant an embryo using an egg from an anonymous woman donor was unsuccessful.
  • The charity will go under unless a generous donor can be found within the next few months.
  • The money for the new hospital was put up by an anonymous donor.
  • In Britain, AIDS tests are now performed on all people who offer to become blood donors.
  • Transplantation of organs from living donors raises ethical issues.

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

"donor" in American English

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donornoun [ C ]

us /ˈdoʊ·nər/

a person who gives money or something else of value to an organization:

A large gift from an anonymous donor will allow us to continue our work.

A donor is also someone who gives blood or who agrees to give an organ or body part to help someone else.

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

"donor" in Business English

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donornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdəʊnər/ us

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY a person or organization that gives something of value such as money or goods to another person or organization:

He was a generous donor to AIDS charities.
About half of the funding for the new lab came from corporate donors.

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