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benefactor

Definition:

a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

benefactors

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

helper

Etymology:

Late Latin benefactor, from L. phrase bene facere, from bene "well" + facere "to...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

benefactor | patron [synonym] | benefactress [feminine noun, derived]

a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, especially by giving money; patron (15 of 482 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/benefactor

Merriam-Webster:

benefactor | angel [synonym] | donator [synonym] | donor [synonym] | fairy godmother [synonym] | Maecenas [synonym] | patron [synonym] | sugar daddy [synonym] | benefactress [similar] | ...

one that confers a benefit ; especially, one that makes a gift or bequest (14 of 97 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/benefactor

Wikipedia:

Benefactor [disambiguation]

may refer to: Benefactor (law) for a person whose actions benefit another | Benefication (metallurgy) in extractive metallurgy | Benefactor (video game) | Benefactors (play) | The opposite of a benefactor is a malefactor. (30 of 88 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Benefactor

Oxford Dictionary:

benefactor

a person who gives money or other help to a person or cause (13 of 76 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/benefactor

Macmillan British Dictionary:

benefactor [countable] | benefactors [plural]

someone who helps a person or organization by giving them money (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/benefactor

Random House Dictionary:

benefactor

a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper. | a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution. (20 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/benefactor

American Heritage Dictionary:

benefactor

One that gives aid, especially financial aid. (7 of 26 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/benefactor

Wiktionary:

benefactor | benefactors [plural] | benefactour | benefactresses [females, plural]

Somebody who gives one a gift. Usually refers to someone who gives money to a charity or another form of organization. (21 of 23 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/benefactor

Cambridge Dictionary:

benefactor | benefactress [females]

someone who gives money to help an organization, society or person (11 of 21 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/benefactor

New World Dictionary:

benefactor

a person who has given help, especially financial help; patron (10 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/benefactor

Encarta Dictionary:

benefactor | benefactors [plural]

somebody who aids a cause, institution, or person, especially with a gift of money (14 of 26 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589975​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

benefactor

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: Late Latin benefactor, from L. phrase bene facere, from bene "well" + facere "to do". Translated in Old English as wel-doend.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=benefactor

Wiktionary:

benefactor | benefactors [plural] | benefactour

Origin: Latin benefactor ("he who bestows a favor"), from benefaciō ("benefit someone"), from bene ("good") + faciō ("do, make").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/benefactor

American Heritage Dictionary:

benefactor

Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin benefacere, to do a service; see "benefaction".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/benefactor

Oxford Dictionary:

benefactor

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin, from bene facere "do good (to)" (see "benefaction")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/benefactor

New World Dictionary:

benefactor

Origin: Middle English from Late Latin: see "benefaction"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/benefactor

Audio references

Wiktionary:

benefactor | benefactors [plural] | benefactour

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "benefactor"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/benefactor

Collins Dictionary:

benefactor

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "benefactor"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/benefactor

Macmillan British Dictionary:

benefactor [countable] | benefactors [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "benefactor"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/benefactor

Macmillan American Dictionary:

benefactor [countable] | benefactors [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "benefactor"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/benefactor

Cambridge Dictionary:

benefactor

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "benefactor"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "benefactor"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/benefactor

the Free Dictionary:

benefactor

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "benefactor"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "benefactor"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "benefactor" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/benefactor

Google Dictionary:

benefactor | benefactors [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "benefactor"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

benefactor

Audio: North American pronunciation of "benefactor"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=benefa​02 word=benefactor

YourDictionary Audio:

benefactor

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "benefactor" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/benefactor

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