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Definition of benefactor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

benefactor

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈbenɪfæktə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbenɪfæktər//
 
(formal) Helping others
 
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a person who gives money or other help to a person or an organization such as a school or charity a generous benefactor friends and benefactors of the hospital See related entries: Helping others Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin, from bene facere ‘do good (to)’, from bene ‘well’ + facere ‘do’.Extra examples A private benefactor donated $20 000. He was a great public benefactor and gave land for building the sea wall. She was a generous benefactor to the library. He was a generous benefactor, providing schools and churches throughout the region. The equipment was funded by friends and benefactors of the hospital.
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