- 1donate something (to somebody/something) to give money, food, clothes, etc. to somebody/something, especially a charity He donated thousands of pounds to charity. See related entries: Helping others
- 2donate something (to somebody/something) to allow doctors to remove blood or a body organ in order to help somebody who needs it All donated blood is tested for HIV and other infections. Word Origin late 18th cent.: back-formation from donation.Extra examples The company has donated more than £30 000 to local charities. There is no risk of contracting HIV through donating blood. I would like to thank our sponsors, The Woodworks, for donating the prizes for this competition.
BrE BrE//dəʊˈneɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊneɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they donate
BrE BrE//dəʊˈneɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊneɪt//he / she / it donates
BrE BrE//dəʊˈneɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊneɪts//past simple donated
BrE BrE//dəʊˈneɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊneɪtɪd//past participle donated
BrE BrE//dəʊˈneɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊneɪtɪd//-ing form donating
BrE BrE//dəʊˈneɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊneɪtɪŋ//Helping others