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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To present as a gift to a fund or cause; contribute.
  • intransitive verb Medicine To provide (blood, tissue, or an organ) for transfusion, implantation, or transplant.
  • intransitive verb Chemistry To provide (an electron or atom, for example) for combination with an acceptor.
  • intransitive verb To make a contribution to a fund or cause.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To give; present as a gift; contribute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To give; to bestow; to present.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make a donation; to give away something of value to support or contribute towards a cause or for the benefit of another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb give to a charity or good cause

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Back-formation from donation.]

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Circa 1845, back-formation from donation, chiefly in American English. Ultimately from Latin donare (to give).

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