[syn: contribution, donation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Donation \Do*na"tion\, n. [L. donatio; cf. F. donation.]
1. The act of giving or bestowing; a grant.
After donation there is an absolute change and
alienation of the property of the thing given.
2. That which is given as a present; that which is
transferred to another gratuitously; a gift.
And some donation freely to estate
On the bless'd lovers. --Shak.
3. (Law) The act or contract by which a person voluntarily
transfers the title to a thing of which be is the owner,
from himself to another, without any consideration, as a
free gift. --Bouvier.
Donation party, a party assembled at the house of some one,
as of a clergyman, each one bringing some present. [U.S.]
Syn: Gift; present; benefaction; grant. See Gift.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to
some worthwhile cause [syn: contribution, donation]
2: act of giving in common with others for a common purpose
especially to a charity [syn: contribution, donation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
60 Moby Thesaurus words for "donation":
accommodation, accordance, aid, allotment, allowance, alms,
alms fee, appropriation, assistance, award, awarding, benefaction,
beneficence, bequest, bestowal, bestowment, charity, collection,
communication, concession, conferment, conferral, contribution,
deliverance, delivery, dole, donative, endowment, furnishment,
gift, gifting, giving, grant, granting, handout, help, impartation,
impartment, investiture, largesse, liberality, offer, offering,
offertory, philanthropy, pittance, present, presentation,
presentment, provision, ration, relief, subscription, subsidy,
subvention, supplying, surrender, tithe, votive offering,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
DONATION, contracts. The act by which the owner of a thing, voluntarily
transfers the title and possession of the same, from himself to another
person, without any consideration; a gift. (q.v.)
2. A donation is never perfected until it is has been accepted, for the
acceptance (q.v.) is requisite to make the donation complete. Vide Assent,
and Ayl. Pand. tit. 9 Clef des Lois Rom. h.t.