What does donation mean?

Definitions for donation
doʊˈneɪ ʃəndo·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contribution, donationnoun

    a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause

  2. contribution, donationnoun

    act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity


  1. donationnoun

    A voluntary gift or contribution for a specific cause.

  2. Etymology: From donation, from dōnātiō (a presenting), from dōnāre (to give), from dōnum (a gift). Used in English since the 15th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Donationnoun

    Etymology: donatio, Latin.

    He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl
    Dominion absolute; that right we hold
    By his donation. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii.

    After donation there is an absolute change and alienation made of the property of the thing given, and that as to the use of it too; which being so alienated, a man has no more to do with it than with a thing bought with another’s money. Robert South, Sermons.

    Howsoever the letter of that donation may be unregarded by men, yet the sense thereof is so imprinted in their hearts, as if every one laid claim for himself unto that which was conferred upon all. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    The kingdoms of the world to thee were giv’n,
    Permitted rather, and by thee usurp’d,
    Other donation none thou can’st produce. John Milton, Par. Reg.


  1. Donation

    A donation is a gift for charity, humanitarian aid, or to benefit a cause. A donation may take various forms, including money, alms, services, or goods such as clothing, toys, food, or vehicles. A donation may satisfy medical needs such as blood or organs for transplant. Charitable donations of goods or services are also called gifts in kind.


  1. donation

    A donation is a gift or contribution given voluntarily, usually in the form of money, goods or services, to support a cause or benefit an individual, group, organization, or community. This act of giving is often charitable in nature and aims to aid or improve a certain cause, institution, or situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Donationnoun

    the act of giving or bestowing; a grant

  2. Donationnoun

    that which is given as a present; that which is transferred to another gratuitously; a gift

  3. Donationnoun

    the act or contract by which a person voluntarily transfers the title to a thing of which be is the owner, from himself to another, without any consideration, as a free gift


  1. Donation

    A donation is a gift given by physical or legal persons, typically for charitable purposes and/or to benefit a cause. A donation may take various forms, including cash offering, services, new or used goods including clothing, toys, food, and vehicles. It also may consist of emergency, relief or humanitarian aid items, development aid support, and can also relate to medical care needs as i.e. blood or organs for transplant. Charitable gifts of goods or services are also called gifts in kind.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Donation

    do-nā′shun, n. act of giving: that which is given, a gift of money or goods: (law) the act by which a person freely transfers his title to anything to another.—n. Dō′nary, a thing given to a sacred use.—v.t. Donāte′, to present a gift.—n. Don′ative, a gift: a gratuity: a benefice presented by the founder or patron without reference to the bishop.—adj. vested or vesting by donation.—ns. Donā′tor, one who makes a gift, a donor; Don′atory (Scots law), one to whom lands escheated to the crown are made over; Donee′, the person to whom a gift is made; Dō′nor, a giver: a benefactor.—Dona nobis, the last section of the mass, beginning 'Dona nobis pacem.' [Fr.,—L. donāre, -ātumdonum, a gift—dăre, to give.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'donation' in Nouns Frequency: #2491

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of donation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of donation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of donation in a Sentence

  1. Cori Roberts:

    We give everybody a chance. We dont judge your past history or anything like that. we have donation and volunteer recruiters, we have maintenance and general labor recruiters, we have the web designer, and the media outreach, we have security, and then we have the treasurer-donation organizer.

  2. The Kivitis:

    To be honest, when a straight couple is using surrogacy, or when a straight couple is using an egg donation or sperm donation, nobody asks them if they are the biological parents of the child, it's just an assumption. But when an LGBT family's coming and applying, our application was flagged as surrogacy. our position was and remains that we should be treated as a married couple and the minimal requirements that are in that regulation should be applied to us as well.

  3. Hindi Filmy Quote:

    Bhagwan ke ghar bhi khot chale Puja ke liye bhi note chale Jo chahe karwalo dhan se Har kam bane donation se Milta hain us hi ko vote Dikhaye jo voter ko note

  4. Dorry Segev:

    Paired organ donation?: Just do it.

  5. Matthew Elliott:

    Their initial conclusion is that we have overspent, that a donation we made to another group during the course of the campaign was incorrect, we shouldn't have made that donation.

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