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benefactor

ben·e·fac·tor

benefactor

 
 
pronunciation:
be n faek tr
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who benefits or helps an individual or an institution, usu. by giving money.
The university library is named after one of the school's benefactors.The painter suffered much hardship after his benefactor withdrew his support.
similar words:
friend, patron
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derivation: benefactress (n.)
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