charity

charity char‧i‧ty [ˈtʆærti] noun charities PLURALFORM
1. [countable] an organization that collects money to help people, for example those who are sick or poor, or to help certain types of activity such as artistic activity ; =NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION; , non-profit organization AmE:

• a charity set up to help Bosnian children

• We are asking employees to make a regular donation to the charity.

2. [uncountable] money or gifts given to help people, for example those who are sick or poor:

• All of the money raised will go to charity.

• a sponsored cycle ride for charity

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charity UK US /ˈtʃærɪti/ noun (plural charities) SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
[C ] an organization that has the purpose of providing money or help to people who need it, or that does something useful for society: »

Proceeds from the sale of these cards will be given to local charities.

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It's a charity that supports local arts initiatives.

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As a charity, the organization does not pay tax.

[U] organizations like this when they are considered as a group: »

An anonymous businesswoman donated one million dollars to charity.

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The proceeds of this evening's event will go to charity.

[U] money or help given to people who need it: »

They were poor, but they were too proud to accept charity.

See also NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION(Cf. not-for-profit organization)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Charity — Char i*ty, n.; pl. {Charities}. [F. charit[ e] fr. L. caritas dearness, high regard, love, from carus dear, costly, loved; asin to Skr. kam to wish, love, cf. Ir. cara a friend, W. caru to love. Cf. {Caress}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Love; universal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • charity — char·i·ty n pl ties: a gift for humanitarian, philanthropic, or other purposes beneficial to the public (as maintaining a public building); also: an institution (as a hospital or school) or organization founded by such a gift compare private… …   Law dictionary

  • charity — 1 *mercy, clemency, grace, lenity Analogous words: love, affection, *attachment: benevolence, humaneness, altruism (see corresponding adjectives at CHARITABLE): benignity, benignancy, kindness, kindliness (see corresponding adjectives at KIND):… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Charity — Charity …   Wikipedia Español

  • Charity — f English: from the vocabulary word, denoting originally the Christian s love for his fellow man (Latin caritās, from carus dear). In spite of St Paul s words ‘and now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is… …   First names dictionary

  • charity — (n.) mid 12c., benevolence for the poor, from O.Fr. charité (O.N.Fr. carité), from L. caritatem (nom. caritas) costliness, esteem, affection (in Vulgate often used as translation of Gk. agape love especially Christian love of fellow man perhaps… …   Etymology dictionary

  • charity — ► NOUN (pl. charities) 1) an organization set up to help those in need. 2) the voluntary giving of money or other help to those in need. 3) help or money given in this way. 4) tolerance in judging others. ● charity begins at home Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • charity — [n1] generosity, gift alms, alms giving, assistance, benefaction, beneficence, contribution, dole, donation, endowment, fund, gifting, hand*, hand out, helping hand*, largesse, oblation, offering, philanthropy, relief, write off; concepts 337,657 …   New thesaurus

  • Charity — [char′i tē] n. [see CHARITY] a feminine name …   English World dictionary

  • charity — /ˈtʃariti, ingl. ˈtʃærɪtɪ/ [vc. ingl., propr. «carità, beneficenza»] s. f. inv. 1. evento benefico 2. ente benefico, fondazione, onlus …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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