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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: donare 'to give'

donation

noun
     
do‧na‧tion
1 [countable] something, especially money, that you give to a person or an organization in order to help them
donation to/from
Would you like to make a donation (=give money) to our charity appeal?
There have been generous donations from EEC funds.
2 [uncountable] the act of giving something, especially money, to help a person or an organization
donation of
the donation of a quarter of a million pounds

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