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benefactor Line breaks: bene|fac¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛnɪfaktə/

Definition of benefactor in English:


A person who gives money or other help to a person or cause: a low-interest loan from a benefactor allowed them to build a floor for the exhibition hall
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  • It would be remiss of me not to recognise the contributions of our benefactors and the support of our social partners.
  • Open to the public and free to attend, the event has been made possible by generous support from club benefactors and sponsors.
  • News that a mystery benefactor has chipped in money to provide City with more time to find a buyer will further boost morale.
patron, benefactress, supporter, backer, helper, sponsor, promoter, champion;
archaic almsgiver
rare benefactrice, benefactrix, philanthrope, Maecenas


Late Middle English: from Latin, from bene facere 'do good (to)' (see benefaction).

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