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; donor, contributor, subscriber, subsidizer; philanthropist, good Samaritan, sympathizer, well-wisher, friend
rare benefactrice, benefactrix, philanthrope, Maecenas
late Middle English: from Latin, from bene facere 'do good (to)' (see benefaction).