- something that is advantageous or good; an advantage: He explained the benefits of public ownership of the postal system.
- a payment or gift, as one made to help someone or given by an employer, an insurance company, or a public agency: The company offers its employees a pension plan, free health insurance, and other benefits.
- a theatrical performance or other public entertainment to raise money for a charitable organization or cause.
- Archaic. an act of kindness; good deed; benefaction.
- to do good to; be of service to: a health program to benefit everyone.
- to derive benefit or advantage; profit; make improvement: He has never benefited from all that experience.
- for (someone's) benefit, so as to produce a desired effect in another's mind: He wasn't really angry; that was just an act for his girlfriend's benefit.
Origin of benefit
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Examples from the Web for benefit
Two-thirds of those who likely to benefit from the new policy are Mexican.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
Not for the benefit of the harasser, of course, but for your own safety.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
He noted that some retail stores that benefit from Christmas sales still instruct employees to wish customers “Happy Holidays.”A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
They embraced the notion of a growing America, whose economy could be expanded for the benefit of the majority.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
She was always positive and tried to give them the benefit of the doubt.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
When everything looked at its worst, then all seemed to change for our benefit.Explorations in Australia
To how many thousands of our countrymen has it proved a benefit?
They do not change the nature of truth and her capability and destiny to benefit mankind.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
She considered, giving him, after her kindly way, the benefit of the doubt.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Does every one who receives the sacraments derive a benefit from them?An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- something that improves or promotes
- advantage or sakethis is for your benefit
- an allowance paid by the government as for sickness, unemployment, etc, to which a person is entitled under social security or the national insurance scheme
- any similar allowance in various other countries
- (sometimes plural) a payment or series of payments made by an institution, such as an insurance company or trade union, to a person who is ill, unemployed, etc
- a theatrical performance, sports event, etc, to raise money for a charity
- to do or receive good; profit
Word Origin and History for benefit
late 14c., "good or noble deed," also "advantage, profit," from Anglo-French benfet "well-done," from Latin benefactum "good deed," from bene facere (see benefactor). Meaning "performance or entertainment to raise money for some charitable cause" is from 1680s.
late 15c., from benefit (n.). Related: Benefited; benefiting.
Idioms and Phrases with benefit
see give the benefit.