- 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 benefits
The benefits of incumbency are quite potent, especially in the all-important area of raising campaign funds.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
Indeed, study after study affirms the benefits of involved fatherhood for women and children.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
And it often travels so lightly that you can forget you are clothed in its benefits.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
Indeed, it's unclear what, if any, benefits the average Cuban will reap from increased diplomacy between the two countries.Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor
December 18, 2014
While 15 miles per week has benefits, “the sweet spot is probably around 30 miles of running per week,” Williams argues.Running 15 Miles a Week Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk
December 12, 2014
As yet the good townsfolk are hardly alive to the benefits of a railway.The Roof of France
The benefits belong to all who are baptized and believe, because God has said so.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
I am that only Folly that so readily and indifferently bestows my benefits on all.The Praise of Folly
I could make the wind blow, but, like other magicians, I could not share in its benefits.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Everything which benefits one of the halves benefits the other.The Sexual Question
- 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 benefits
"financial support (especially for medical expenses) to which one is entitled through employment or membership," 1895, plural of benefit (n.).
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 benefits
see give the benefit.