Someone who helps someone else, typically by means of a financial gift. A benefactor can refer to someone who gives financial donations to a charitable organization, someone who provides a younger family member with the financial resources so that they can attend college, or anyone who provides help in any other manner.

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  • His benefactor provided him with enough capital to make his lifelong dream of providing tutoring to at-risk children a reality.

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  • The benefactor who helped the family of the girl get the money for her emergency surgery wanted to stay anonymous for particular reasons.

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  • Years later, Ted still had no idea who had anonymously paid his way through college so he continued trying to find his mysterious benefactor.

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