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Use 'don' when specifically talking about the action of dressing in something. SlideThe knight donned his armor.
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Special OccasionsPlay
Often used for special clothing like uniforms or costumes, not everyday attire. SlideShe donned her graduation robe.
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Ceremonial TonePlay
Has a formal, sometimes ceremonial connotation, not used for casual wear. SlideHe donned the ceremonial cloak.