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.
Idioms about benefit
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.
- ben·e·fit·er, ben·e·fit·ter, noun
- pre·ben·e·fit, verb, pre·ben·e·fit·ed or pre·ben·e·fit·ted, pre·ben·e·fit·ing or pre·ben·e·fit·ting.
- self-ben·e·fit, noun
- self-ben·e·fit·ing, self-ben·e·fit·ting, adjective
- su·per·ben·e·fit, noun
- un·ben·e·fit·ed, un·ben·e·fit·ted, adjective
- un·ben·e·fit·ing, un·ben·e·fit·ting, adjective
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How to use benefit in a sentence
The risks of opening are uncertain, but the benefits are clear.I’m an epidemiologist and a dad. Here’s why I think schools should reopen. | Benjamin P. Linas | July 9, 2020 | Vox
One benefit of this setup, called a “stepped wedge trial,” is that it doesn’t relegate one block of individuals into a control group that goes without training for the duration of the study.There’s little evidence showing which police reforms work | Sujata Gupta | July 9, 2020 | Science News
Unnecessary state occupational licenses—often costly, time-consuming, and offering little benefit to consumers—should be eliminated.4 ways to close America’s huge racial ‘opportunity gap’ | matthewheimer | July 9, 2020 | Fortune
There is one additional Flex 5G feature that sets it apart from competitors, and is both a big benefit and a big downside.Review: The Lenovo Flex 5G, the world’s first 5G laptop | Aaron Pressman | July 8, 2020 | Fortune
Praising the benefits of physical exercise helps little when jogging in a nearby neighborhood could cost your life.These 5 numbers tell you everything you need to know about racial disparities in health care | matthewheimer | July 8, 2020 | Fortune
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the audience laughed he added that, “They think freedom would benefit them but they were cheated.”50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West | IranWire, Shima Sharabi | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
And in either case, “the significant benefit from allowing Wi-Fi hotspots outweighs these concerns.”How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security | Kyle Chayka | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Hence, there might be a net benefit, at least to some females, of breeding within the natal group,” the researchers speculate.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family | Helen Thompson | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As he walked back to his hotel, his head was full of plans for the girl's transient pleasure and lasting benefit.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
Mr. Spurrell came down to see a horse, and we shall be very glad to have the benefit of his opinion by-and-by.
These oral inanities only served to make Lyn give me the benefit of a look of amused wonder.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Once he permitted himself a digression, that he might point a moral for the benefit of his servant.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
This lesson in figures is given for the benefit of those who have not yet mastered Numeric Thinking.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
British Dictionary definitions for benefit
something that improves or promotes
advantage or sake: this 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with benefit
see give the benefit.
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