don 2 (dŏn)
tr.v. donned, don·ning, dons
1. To put on (clothing or an ornament, for example): donned long gloves for the costume party; don clown make-up for the performance.
2. To assume or take on: donned the air of the injured party.
[Middle English, contraction of do on, to put on; see DO1.]
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