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noun     charity pronunciation in American English
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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 sick, or who need advice and support

    The March of Dimes is a registered charity.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] these organizations considered as a group
      raise something for charity:

      The show raised thousands of dollars 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 sick so that they can live

      Their plight is a miserable one, but they do not want charity.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] kindness that you show toward 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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