- 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 benefited
The Royal Family has benefited hugely from the American blood in its veins.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
Perry has also benefited from the fact that the national media—the right-wing and the left-wing—seem to be in his corner.
It subsequently emerged that Urdangarín benefited from millions of euro in Balearic government contracts awarded without bids.Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family?
August 18, 2014
This egalitarian impulse was in part driven by people returning from WW II and Korea, many of whom benefited from the GI Bill.
As occurs in every economic transition some benefited some at the expense of others.
Thus was Turkey humiliated and Russia benefited, having obtained her demands.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Neither were any of the people who had benefited by this money.
Let us try again, and show Mrs. Lofty that we have benefited by your instruction.The Universal Reciter
Is there any one that wishes to be injured rather than benefited by his associates?
And is there anyone who would rather be injured than benefited by those who live with him?Apology
- 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 benefited
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 benefited
see give the benefit.