Meaning of “benefactor” in the English Dictionary

"benefactor" in English

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benefactornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈben.ɪ.fæk.tər/ us /ˈben.ə.fæk.tɚ/ female also benefactress,

Examples from literature

  • And herewith greetings and heartfelt thanks, for I know your members to be great benefactors to suffering humanity. 
  • He was my benefactor. 
  • In many villages there are old almshouses founded by pious benefactors for "poor brethren and sisters." 
  • Sometimes I knew the hand by which assistance was sent, but at other times my benefactors remained unknown. 
  • These had been bestowed on the monastic churches by benefactors, who considered that what was used in the service of God should be the best which man could offer. 

(Definition of “benefactor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"benefactor" in American English

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benefactornoun [ C ]

us /ˈben·əˌfæk·tər/

someone who gives money to help an organization, society, or person

(Definition of “benefactor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"benefactor" in Business English

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benefactornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbenɪfæktər/ us FINANCE

someone who gives money to a person or organization, usually without expecting anything back in return:

They hope to find a benefactor, and turn the factory into a museum.

(Definition of “benefactor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)