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What does "donated" mean? Does it have the same meaning as thrown away?

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Rebecca

It's similar! However, if something is "donated", it is given to someone else since you don't want it anymore. It's an alternative to throwing something away. A donation can also be something you want to give away to someone else who may need it- a generous act. In this context, Andy gave away his old toys to a day-care centre that may need them. Ex: I donated all my old clothes to charity. Ex: Did you throw away my old shoes?! I really wanted to keep them. Ex: They're collecting donations on a Tuesday at Red Cross.

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