Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun The act of giving or bestowing; a grant.
  • noun That which is given as a present; that which is transferred to another gratuitously; a gift.
  • noun (Law) 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.
  • noun [U.S.] a party assembled at the house of some one, as of a clergyman, each one bringing some present.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English donacioun, gift, benefice, from Old French, from Latin dōnātiō, dōnātiōn-, from dōnātus, past participle of dōnāre, to give, from dōnum, gift; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French donation, from Latin dōnātiō ("a present"), from dōnō ("to give"), from dōnum ("a gift"). Recorded in English since the 15th century.

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