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benefactor

noun

Definition: a person who gives a gift, usually monetary, to help another person, organization, or institution

Synonyms: patron, sponsor, supporter, provider

Antonyms: beneficiary, receiver

Tips: A benefactor is someone who confers a benefit onto others. The related adjective beneficent means helpful or generous. Thus, a benefactor is beneficent. The person or group who receives the benefit from the benfactor is called the benficiary.

Usage Examples:

The new library could not have been built without the support and generous funding of several important benefactors. (patrons, sponsors)

Perhaps no other woman was ever as beneficent as our friend Virginia, who spends her days caring for underprivileged children, her evenings fostering homeless animals, and her savings helping numerous charities. (good, kind, charitable) adjective

I could not have gone to college without the support of my aunt, who was a generous benefactor and paid for my tuition. (sponsor, provider)

We don't know who the biggest benefactor of our charity is, because he or she prefers to remain anonymous. (patron, supporter)


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