Definition of donor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdəʊnə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊnər//
    Helping others
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  1. 1a person or an organization that makes a gift of money, clothes, food, etc. to a charity, etc. international aid donors (= countries which give money, etc. to help other countries) She is one of the charity's main donors. See related entries: Helping others
  2. 2a person who gives blood or a part of his or her body to be used by doctors in medical treatment a blood donor The heart transplant will take place as soon as a suitable donor can be found. donor organs a donor card (= a card that you carry giving permission for doctors to use parts of your body after your death)
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French doneur, from Latin donator, from donare ‘give’.Extra examples Donors give blood twice a year. Donors pledged a total of $1 000 million in relief aid. He carried a donor card. Japan has been one of the country’s biggest aid donors. The charity received £50 000 from an anonymous donor. The operation will go ahead as soon as a suitable donor can be found. loans from rich donor countries to developing nations I’d like to become a blood donor. Not all patients who die are suitable as organ donors. She is one of the charity’s main donors. a blood/​an organ donor
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