beneficiary

A beneficiary is simply the recipient of money or other benefits. So when your big sister finally moves away to college and you get to move into her bigger bedroom? You become a lucky beneficiary.

In other words — if you benefit from something, you are a beneficiary. This word pops up most commonly when people are creating their wills and trusts — you have to choose beneficiaries as the people who will get what you have when you die. But it isn't always so morbid. You can be the beneficiary of someone's kindness, the beneficiary of a good education, or even the beneficiary of your own hard work.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: beneficiary

1
n
the recipient of funds or other benefits
2
n
the semantic role of the intended recipient who benefits from the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
3
adj
having or arising from a benefice
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: beneficiary
1

n the recipient of funds or other benefits

Synonyms:
donee
Types:
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co-beneficiary
one of two or more beneficiaries of the same benefit
devisee
someone to whom property (especially realty) is devised by will
legatee
someone to whom a legacy is bequeathed
pensionary, pensioner
the beneficiary of a pension fund
old-age pensioner
an old person who receives an old-age pension
Type of:
receiver, recipient
a person who receives something
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n the semantic role of the intended recipient who benefits from the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

Synonyms:
benefactive role
Type of:
participant role, semantic role
(linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause
3

adj having or arising from a benefice

“a beneficiary baron”
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