Definition of benefactor in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘However, the most important element in our survival has always been our loyal subscribers and benefactors.’
    • ‘Through our museums and galleries we have an obligation to conserve and restore the great works of art handed down to us by previous generations of benefactors.’
    • ‘Regrettably, his relatives and benefactors had neglected to provide him with any money.’
    • ‘Mr Thompson thanked the committee members and those who provided the comforts, as well as benefactors and subscribers.’
    • ‘Andy was very grateful to the mystery benefactor who provided his bail money even though he had no idea who the person was.’
    • ‘The move would make the 61-year-old tycoon one of Britain's most generous benefactors.’
    • ‘Open to the public and free to attend, the event has been made possible by generous support from club benefactors and sponsors.’
    • ‘It would be remiss of me not to recognise the contributions of our benefactors and the support of our social partners.’
    • ‘News that a mystery benefactor has chipped in money to provide City with more time to find a buyer will further boost morale.’
    • ‘The museum is supported by private benefactors as well as awards from national entities.’
    • ‘That tradition continues into the present day with numerous benefactors who support the arts and humanities.’
    • ‘‘At the time of the most terrible test, friends and benefactors didn't lift a finger,’ he said.’
    • ‘It could not have done this without the support of its many sponsors and benefactors.’
    • ‘In some cases, the fraudsters have used these details to contact benefactors directly, trying to extract more money.’
    • ‘New sixth form scholarships have now been created through the work of the School Foundation and generous donations from outside benefactors.’
    • ‘They're getting together a crew and rich benefactors are putting up the money.’
    • ‘Most of the money for repairs came from community businesses and local benefactors.’
    • ‘All of this has been made possible by the generous contributions of many benefactors at home and abroad.’
    • ‘The government and some wealthy benefactors support the arts.’
    • ‘Now the school is hoping that a sponsor or a benefactor will come forward to help to meet the costs so that Yorkshire can be represented in the final.’
    patron, benefactress, supporter, backer, helper, sponsor, promoter, champion
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Late Middle English: from Latin, from bene facere ‘do good (to)’ (see benefaction).