- 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 benefiting
How did this track with Avicii, “Divine Sorrow,” benefiting the RED campaign to fight AIDS come about?Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie
November 20, 2014
What the articles failed to mention was that it is only the extremely rich who were not benefiting from these policies.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton
October 29, 2014
Total receipts were $9,501,795, with expenses of $9,447,467 and $381,098 benefiting candidates.
Total receipts were $10,659,371, with expenses of $9,263,753 and $1,027,354 benefiting candidates.
Total receipts were $3,801,897, with expenses of $3,675,432 and $326,810 benefiting candidates.
My mother is much better, and is benefiting greatly by the baths.The Bishop's Secret
They injure the stomach and health of the child, instead of benefiting it.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
This is the most simple method of purifying, or "benefiting" silver.Mexico and its Religion
Robert A. Wilson
It is also quite distinct from expediency, or the idea of benefiting by an act.The Truth of Christianity
William Harry Turton
We have been blessed more than most men, and have the power, by our right use of these blessings, of benefiting our fellow-men.
- 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 benefiting
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 benefiting
see give the benefit.