Definition of


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

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Synonyms of Donation


Alternate forms of Donation

Derivations: donate

Hyponyms: alms, benefaction, offering, political contribution, political donation, subscription

Hypernyms: gift, giving

Origin of the word Donation

  1. early 15c., from M.Fr. donation, from L. donationem (nom. donatio), from donare "give as a gift," from donum "gift," from PIE *donum "gift" (cf. Skt. danam "offering, present," O.C.S. dani "tribute," Lith. duonis "gift," O.Ir. dan "gift, endowment, talent"), from base *do-/*de- "to give." more

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