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noun charity pronunciation in British English /ˈtʃærəti/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an organization to which you give money so that it can give money and help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support
    The Children’s Society is a registered charity.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] these organizations considered as a group
      raise something for charity: The show raised thousands of pounds for charity.
      give/donate something to charity: I donated the prize money to charity.
      a charity event/concert/gala: a charity event to raise money for the school
    2. b.
      [uncountable] money or food that is given to people who are poor or ill so that they can live
      Their plight is a miserable one, but they do not want charity.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] kindness that you show towards other people by not judging them or criticizing them too severely
    show charity (to someone): Steele showed no charity to his former friend and partner.


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