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[ben-uh-fak-ter, ben-uh-fak-] /ˈbɛn əˌfæk tər, ˌbɛn əˈfæk-/
a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper.
a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution.
Origin of benefactor
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English benefactour < Late Latin; see bene-, factor
2. patron, supporter, sponsor, backer, protector. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for benefactor
  • Moore is the university's largest benefactor, and its business school is named for her.
  • The institution had no expectation of my potential as a benefactor so I had to earn my doctorate through hard work.
  • She was a generous but quiet benefactor to many charities, .
  • Michael was such a gracious and caring benefactor.
  • Wright is a longtime benefactor of the arts in Seattle.
  • He was a true benefactor and supporter of our children and their families.
  • He who gives mankind a new food product is a benefactor.
  • She spent most of her life as a volunteer and financial benefactor.
  • Officials are looking for a benefactor to give them $3 million.
  • Not have equal amounts of money distributed to us from some unknown benefactor.
British Dictionary definitions for benefactor


/ˈbɛnɪˌfæktə; ˌbɛnɪˈfæk-/
a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, esp by giving money; patron
Derived Forms
benefactress, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for benefactor

mid-15c., from Late Latin benefactor, from Latin phrase bene facere, from bene "well" (see bene-) + facere "to do" (see factitious). Translated in Old English as wel-doend.

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