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



BrE BrE//dəʊˈneɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//doʊˈneɪʃn//
[countable, uncountable] Helping others
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something that is given to a person or an organization such as a charity, in order to help them; the act of giving something in this way donation (to somebody/something) to make a donation to charity a generous/large/small donation donation (of…) a donation of £200/a £200 donation The work of the charity is funded by voluntary donations. organ donation (= allowing doctors to use an organ from your body in order to save a sick person’s life) Wordfinderappeal, benefit, charity, collection, donation, fundraiser, handout, telethon, volunteer, welfare See related entries: Helping others Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin donatio(n-), from the verb donare, based on donum ‘gift’.Extra examples The charity has received over $10 million in donations. The project is funded by public donation. a donation to a charity a donation towards the building of a new hospital I made a £200 donation to charity. Organ donation has not kept pace with the demand for transplants. We received a generous donation from the people of the local church.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: donation