January 29, 2012
donate (verb)
\DOH-nayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to make a gift of : contribute
How do you use it?
On the weekends, Gabrielle donates a few hours of her time to helping an elderly neighbor with yard work.
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Both "donate" and "bestow" have to do with giving something to someone else. "Donate" usually implies giving a gift in a somewhat public way, like when someone gives to a charity. Like "donate," "bestow" also has to do with giving something as a gift, but it can imply that the giver thinks she or he is superior to the person receiving the gift. "Confer" is another synonym of "donate." It's often used when someone is giving a favor or honor.
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