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

  • n. The act of giving to a fund or cause.
  • n. A gift or grant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A voluntary gift or contribution for a specific cause.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of giving or bestowing; a grant.
  • n. That which is given as a present; that which is transferred to another gratuitously; a gift.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of giving or bestowing; a granting.
  • n. That which is gratuitously given; a grant; a gift.
  • n. In law, the act or contract by which the ownership of a thing is transferred by one person to another without consideration.

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

  • n. a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
  • n. act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity


Middle English donacioun, gift, benefice, from Old French, from Latin dōnātiō, dōnātiōn-, from dōnātus, past participle of dōnāre, to give, from dōnum, gift.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French donation, from Latin dōnātiō ("a present"), from dōnō ("to give"), from dōnum ("a gift"). Recorded in English since the 15th century. (Wiktionary)



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